Jadeveon Clowney says he has nothing to prove, but he's continuing to play with bruised ribs that have been bothering him since he sat out against Kentucky.
It has not been easy to show that fight, though. Clowney is still hampered by his bruised ribs. The pain does not necessarily subside, he said, but he is trying to control it to make it through the season.
“It still bothers me a lot,” Clowney said. “But I keep that to myself.”
Clowney missed that game, much to the chagrin of coach Steve Spurrier, who said he was frustrated about Clowney's absence during the October 5 game. A few days later, Spurrier had changed his tune, and Clowney said he had told him that "“I still love you. You’re my coach. I’m going to be here to fight for you and this team.”
The expectations for Clowney entering the season had been through the roof. The hit that he delivered on Michigan's Vincent Smith in the Outback Bowl turned up the burner and the hype started to boil over in August before the season began.
But once it began, Clowney has been hampered by bone spurs in his foot, the rib injury and a virus that he had in the season opener. Not to mention the lengths that opposing teams go to game plan against him. This season, he has 24 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.
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