Spurrier: Clowney won’t sit out season for Gamecocks

South Carolina star sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will not sit out next season to protect his draft status as some media reports have recently suggested, according to Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier.

Speaking on air during halftme of Thursday’s basketball home game against LSU, Spurrier addressed the speculation that several columnists have written about over the past week or so.

NFL rules require a student-athlete to wait at least three years after graduating high school before turning pro.  Some called for Clwoney, a sure-fire first-round pick and possibly No. 1 overall, to sit out the 2013 season to avoid injury.

“Our rules are you play three years and then you can turn pro,” said Spurrier, citing Clowney’s desire to remain a part of the team. “we knew that (would be the case) when he signed with us.”

Clowney led the nation last season with 13.5 sacks and the South Pointe product gained national acclaim for his helmet-jarring hit against Michigan in the Outback Bowl.

ESPN reported that Clowney has inquired about acquiring an insurance policy to protect him from a potential career-threatening injury.

 

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