COLUMBIA, S.C. — Injured South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney made it clear Tuesday that he plans to play a lot more college football before moving on to the NFL.
The 6-foot-6, 274-pound defensive end said Tuesday that he’s receiving treatment several times a day on the strained muscle near his rib cage so he might return in time to face Arkansas on Saturday.
“Am I fully committed? Always,” Clowney said. “I could’ve sat out. I’m not looking to sit out. I’m not that type of guy. I’m here for the team.”
He wasn’t there for them Saturday, raising questioning about his commitment to the 14th-ranked Gamecocks.
Clowney said before Saturday’s game against Kentucky that he couldn’t go, saying he was in too much pain to play. The Gamecocks beat Kentucky 35-28 without him.
A noticeably upset Spurrier said after the game if Clowney didn’t want to play he didn’t have to, and the program would move on. The coach mellowed his tone some Sunday, saying he was frustrated that proper injury protocol — Clowney telling trainers or medical staff and that information being forwarded to the coaches — was not followed.
“Obviously, we all handled it poorly. All of us did,” Spurrier said earlier Tuesday.
Spurrier went on to defend Clowney, reminding critics how valuable Clowney has been to the program’s recent rise.
Injuries taking toll on Georgia
ATHENS, Ga. — Quarterback Aaron Murray is spending extra practice time with players promoted from the scout team as No. 7 Georgia tries to compensate for injuries that have forced dramatic changes at wide receiver and tailback.
Last week’s 34-31 overtime win at Tennessee was costly.
Tailback Keith Marshall and wide receiver Justin Scott-Wesley were lost for the season with knee injuries. Another receiver, Michael Bennett, also hurt his knee and had arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday. Bennett won’t play in Saturday’s game against No. 25 Missouri.
Coach Mark Richt said tailback Todd Gurley (ankle sprain) is doubtful to play this week.
Texas A&M loses DT
COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M senior defensive tackle Kirby Ennis is out for the season because of a knee injury, coach Kevin Sumlin said.
Ennis was injured Sept. 28 against Arkansas. Ennis will have surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and will miss the remainder of the season.
Ennis appeared in four games this season after being suspended for the opener for violating team rules. He had six tackles.
The No. 9 Aggies play at Ole Miss on Saturday.
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