Jadeveon Clowney entered his final season at South Carolina as a Heisman candidate, a defensive freak fresh off the most memorable tackle in college football history, a player the casual fan expected to rack up dozens of sacks and big plays.
At the end of the 2013 season, Clowney’s stat line read as follows: 40 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks. His output in his last campaign as a Gamecock was disappointing, to say the least.
There reportedly was a pretty good reason for that, though.
Clowney played hurt with South Carolina: http://t.co/XOm4BR8EXC
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) June 27, 2014
According to a report by ESPN, Clowney, picked No. 1 in May’s NFL Draft by the Houston Texans, played with a sports hernia during the 2013 season. He underwent surgery for the hernia two weeks ago that caused him to miss minicamp.
Clowney played in 11 of South Carolina’s 13 games in 2013-14.