Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Jadeveon Clowney is still a star of the Gamecocks and of college football.
He is a freak athlete and a great leader. But he has a lot of weight on his shoulders, and it is starting to show.
Clowney registered one sack and three tackles, a mediocre game by his standards.
Georgia constantly mixed up blocking schemes and took Clowney out of his element to the point where his frustration became evident after the game. They ran play after play away from Clowney by keeping him on the backside. Credit Georgia for disrupting Clowney's rhythm, but we learned that as good as Clowney is, he needs some help.
Clowney told ESPN News sources after the game:
"Very frustrating," the star defensive end told reporters. "I told the coaches you got to put me somewhere else -- in the middle if you want to -- somewhere I can make some plays [to] help my team get in position to win. But [Georgia] took me right out of the game."
The Bulldogs played great. The line slowed down Clowney and Murray evaded Clowney for the most part, especially on the big 85-yard touchdown pass to Justin Scott-Wesley.
We learned the Gamecocks need to get creative.
When Clowney gets slowed down, he needs to be shifted around. South Carolina must flip the odds in its favor by confusing opponents right back.
Move Clowney around. Line him up in various spots. Don't let teams get comfortable.
South Carolina's defense cannot sit and wait for Clowney to make the big plays in these sets. He can't do it right now because all of the attention is on him.
The defense can take pressure off of Clowney by shifting him around and setting him up for success.