Originally posted on SouthernGameday  |  Last updated 10/6/13
South Carolina escaped a Kentucky comeback on Saturday night as they beat the Wildcats 35-28 in Columbia. While the Gamecocks are happy to get the win, Spurrier is disappointed with his star defensive end for taking himself out of last nights game. All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has all but eliminated himself from the Heisman race midway through the season. Last night, Clowney approached the South Carolina coaches before the game and told them that his bruised ribs were too sore for him to play. Clowney missed practice on Thursday with the injury, but defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said he would likely be in the lineup against the Wildcats. Well, that didn't happen. Now the coaches are sounding off - including the OBC. If Clowney "wants to play, we will welcome him to come play for the team if he wants," Spurrier said. "But if he doesn't want to play, he doesn't have to play. Simple as that." "He may not be able to play next week. I don't know," Spurrier said. "But we're not going to worry about it, I can assure you of that." Ward commented saying, "He said he was hurting, but I thought he was going to play. Love to have JD out there, but we've got to put 11 guys on the field." The star defensive end has yet to live up to all the preseason hype. Clowney has been hampered with injuries and ailments thus far this season. He was ill before games against UNC and UCF - along with dealing with bone spurs in his right foot.   Photo Courtesy: USA TODAY SPORTS IMAGES
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