Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and the South Carolina Gamecocks were expected to have a huge 2013 season, but things haven't started as well as initially hoped. Because of that, frustration is already setting in for the potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.
According to SportsCenter on Twitter, Clowney is unhappy with the way Steve Spurrier and Co. are using him on defense:
Jadeveon Clowney is frustrated with how he's being used in South Carolina's defense: "I told the coaches you got to put me somewhere else."— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 8, 2013
Although South Carolina handily won its season opener against the North Carolina Tar Heels 27-10, there were immediate questions regarding Clowney's play. He made just three tackles in the game, failed to record a sack and looked winded at various times throughout the contest.
Things weren't much better for Clowney in Week 2 against the Georgia Bulldogs. He did manage to get to Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray once, but he was essentially a non-factor for much of the game. That is a big reason why the then-No. 11 Dawgs were able to upend the then-No. 6 Gamecocks 41-30.
Are Clowney's comments regarding the South Carolina coaching staff out of line?
After a strong freshman campaign in 2011, Clowney truly burst onto the scene last year as a sophomore. A dominant force along the defensive line for South Carolina, he racked up 13 sacks against stiff competition.
One possible explanation for Clowney's slow start is a shoulder injury that threatened his status for the season opener. While Clowney was able to get healthy in time for the start of the regular season, he clearly hasn't been the same player that took games over last season.
It's likely only a matter of time before Clowney breaks out, but he and the coaches have to get on the same page before that can happen.
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