University of Arkansas
Students: 25,365 students (21,083 undergrads)
Stadium: Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium (capacity 72,000)
Head Coach: Bret Bielema (3-3 in 1st year at Arkansas)
Overall Record Vs. USC: Arkansas leads that series 13-8)
2012 Score: USC won 38-20 in Columbia.no comments
Jadeveon Clowney practiced Wednesday night and Thursday night. Apparently those practices went well, and all the rehab Clowney has been doing have gone well. Clowney will definitely make the trip, and Coach Spurrier said there's a good chance he can play.
Obviously this is good news for the Carolina defense. Kelsey Quarles and J.T. Surratt played very well last week in Clowney's absence. If those two have another good game Saturday with Clowney in the game, the defensive line should be as strong as we had hoped it would be in the preseason.
Strong defensive line play has many benefits. It means the offense will have to allocate more blockers to the line, giving them less available for the linebackers. SC's young linebackers will greatly benefit from being able to roam free with fewer guards and fullbacks making it to the second level.
The defensive line playing well helps defend the pass game, too. The d-line's effectiveness obviously affects the quarterback's time to pass, but the d-line's effectiveness against the run matters as well. If the d-line is effective against the run, the secondary doesn't have to play as close to the line of scrimmage and doesn't have to play run first. The secondary is less susceptible to play action and can provide better coverage overall.
So, it's good news that Clowney will probably be playing, but if you couple that news with the game Quarles and Surratt had last week, it could be a great week. All eyes will be on No. 7, and he'll be hard to miss, but the keys to USC's defensive success could be No.s 97 and 99.no comments
Unconfirmed reports are beginning to circulate that Clowney went to sleep sometime last night and awoke Wednesday morning. Those reports, that we should stress have not been confirmed by Clowney or anyone in the athletic department, are very sketchy in details about what position Clowney slept in. It's been suggested that he used a regular bed and that he may have rolled onto his side. Others are speculating that Clowney may have slept in multiple positions and could have slept on both of his sides at different times during the night.
Rumors out of Pickens County which suggested that Clowney planned to stay up all night eating nachos and playing ping pong seem to be off base. Whatever Clowney may have planned for the evening, we are hearing that he slept. We are also hearing this is a habit he picked up long before he came to Columbia.
As far as how this news affects Clowney's injury or his commitment to the team, we don't yet know. Perhaps we can get some confirmation from one of the players or coaches after the team's practice today.
We are almost certain that Clowney had zero sacks last night and no tackles for a loss. People who saw Clowney last night are noting that he looked tired before he went to bed, adding more credence to the theory that Clowney is out of shape and vastly overrated.
UPDATE 1: There are now reports that other players on Carolina's football team also went to sleep last night and woke this morning. In what can only be described as a nightmare scenario for Gamecocks everywhere, it appears many, if not all, of the players are falling into Clowney's habits. It could very well be that the entire team is looking forward to the NFL.
We'll continue to watch this story unfolds, and then take snippets of incomplete information and jump to wild conclusions of questionable probability.
Steve Spurrier held his weekly press conference this afternoon and addressed the Clowney situation. Apparently Clowney has a strained muscle in or around his ribs. Apparently, it's still a real injury, so Clowney is responding by seeking treatment from the medical staff twice a day. Spurrier said the announcement of the injury wasn't handled well and implied that not only could Clowney have done better but the coaches and others in the program could have as well.
None of the media directly asked, so far as I could tell from watching on twitter, whether Clowney strained his muscle on purpose so he wouldn't have to play against scary Kentucky. Also there was no word on whether Clowney had recently visited Area 51 and that was the REAL reason for his injury.
Yesterday we said it's tough to form too strong of an opinion based on the information we had at the time. We now have some more information, but at this point I doubt it will change many minds. For some anxious Gamecocks it will provide relief that the star player just has a minor injury, nothing more. For those who don't like South Carolina or Clowney it will be pure spin. "Of course he's going to say that now."
Clowney will talk today after practice, so there will be another good opportunity for all of us to exercise confirmation bias.no comments
In an unexpected (and last minute) turn of events Jadeveon Clowney didn't play against Kentucky. The word on twitter around gametime was that Clowney had bruised ribs and couldn't go. On Sunday's teleconference Spurrier corrected reports and stated the injury was a muscle strain. The decision not to play has made national news.
Now here is our take....no comments
The South Carolina Gamecocks mustered enough to hang-on and win versus the Wildcats of Kentucky. As you watch the highlights of the win, you will see that USC had once again a "tale of two halves."
Yes, it was a win but it was ugly on the defensive side of the ball especially in the second half. This brand of South Carolina football is one that is frustrating as we see that we have talent but, on defense, the unit seems to play without passion at times and without a football brain. Happy for the win but lordy it would be nice to see USC dominate for a complete game.
Here are some rambles:
Clowney - What in the world? Sore ribs? All I can do from the fan stance is trust that the player (Clowney) really is hurt and could not play. But I find this interesting as he did not inform coaches until moments before the game. If Clowney wants to be a top draft pick then he needs to get it together and start performing. Quit the excuses as this blog is tired of them. Put up or shut up.
Respect for Shaw - The guy was magnificent in this game, going 17-20 for over 260 yards and 50 rushing yards. True leadership from the man under center.
Defense - It is getting to the point where it is laughable and somebody needs to step up, including the coaching staff. The team has talent. Yes, they are a young defense but they are SEC-type players. My frustration is the lack of determination and the lack of playing as a unit. If I am Spurrier, I give it one more week and if this occurs again....somebody gets fired.
Well, enough rambles. The game is over. All we ever say is we want USC to continue to get better. I hope this week we see improvement as the Razorbacks are hungry.no comments
South Carolina defeated Kentucky in football last night by the score of 35-28, here are the highlights of the game: