Steve Spurrier has always liked the attention South Carolina gets by starting its season on a Thursday night.
Having All-America Jadeveon Clowney on the sidelines, though, guarantees the Gamecocks will get plenty of attention whenever they play this season.
''I told my wife this morning, I was looking at the paper, all the NFL guys are playing this Thursday night,'' Spurrier said. ''Those dadgum guys are crowding in on our Thursday night TV games.''
Don't worry, coach, your ratings will likely be high among NFL scouts, who'll tune to watch Clowney.
The 6-foot-6, 274-pound junior - and presumptive No. 1 pick in the next draft - steps on the field for the first time since the Outback Bowl when he sent the helmet of Michigan runner Vincent Smith flying and turned momentum to the Gamecocks in a 33-28 victory.
The hype hasn't slowed down since. Clowney's hit won an ESPY for ''Best Play.'' He's met LeBron James, been linked to rap mogul Jay-Z and is considered a legit candidate to be...