Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is not only primed to lead South Carolina to new heights in 2013, but to make a run at the Heisman Trophy as well. He recently dominated his offensive line teammates during a Gamecocks scrimmage. While most watching were simply awed by the junior’s dominant combination of strength and speed, coach Steve Spurrier was not quite so impressed.
The man is not paid to bow down to his best player, but rather to figure out how to raise the entire team’s level of play up to that one player’s elite level.
During the scrimmage, Spurrier did not see much out of his offensive line to prove that he is doing his job.
“Yeah, our defensive team was a lot better today than in the first scrimmage. They did a lot of good things. Offense had a few good plays here and there, but a lot of backwards plays. A lot of penalties, a lot of sacks, things like that. So disappointing for some of the guys, but a lot guys competed well. So didn’t compete well, so we’ve got a long way to go, but we have 10 or 11 days to get there (First 25 seconds of video below).”
“Our pass protection stinks right now. We can’t hardly get a ball off, so we got some work to do (40-second mark).”
“Our offensive line was not very good today, some of them. Some of them may have played decent, we’ll wait and see. But obviously we act like we didn’t even try to block Clowney today. I don’t think at any time was he blocked. We act like we’re scared to block him, I don’t know. But anyway, hopefully he’s that good, but I’ve seen other people block him. He doesn’t get to the quarterback every play like he did just about today (One-minute mark).”
When asked what the solution was, the Old Ball Coach simply wasn’t sure. He knows that he needs to get on his coaching horse, but he is not happy about what he is seeing as “soft guys.”
“I don’t know. Ahh, we’ll just keep coaching. Keep coaching and try to find guys that can compete. Playing offensive line is really people who like to compete, take some pride in doing their job. We got some soft guys, there’s no question about that (1:40 mark).”
[H/T: Coaching Search]