September 18, 2013
COLUMBIA, S.C. - After a South Carolina victory against Vanderbilt in which there were outstanding performances by several Gamecocks, it took only a few minutes for the focus to turn to Jadeveon Clowney.
The junior from Rock Hill had gathered four tackles, including a sack, and the ninth forced fumble of his career, but talk quickly turned to an injury in Clowney's right foot. Clowney dealt occasionally with bone spurs during his first two seasons at South Carolina, and the problem resurfaced.
"It's painful," Clowney said of the injury. "I'm out here playing on it, though, so I'm just trying to give everything I've got on it. Who knows what's going to happen out there? It doesn't really bother me when I am out there much. It just builds up pain. The more I keep going on it, the more it bothers me."
Clowney said he plans to play through the pain and that the 13th-ranked Gamecocks' open date this week should help him.
"I need it to get my foot back together," he said.
Unless his health dictates otherwise, Clowney said he would wait until January to have the spurs removed.
"I'm going to get it cleaned out after the season's over," he said.
During Clowney's consensus All-America 2012 season, he sat out the Nov. 17 game against Football Championship Subdivision member Wofford in order to rest the ankle before South Carolina's game against archrival Clemson. Clowney said he entered the 2013 season with the foot feeling fine, but the pain recently returned.