South Carolina Football: Jadeveon Clowney suffers neck injury

Jadeveon Clowney likely to miss rest of spring

4/10/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The most feared man in all of college football – other than Nick Saban – will likely sit out for the rest of spring practice due to upper torso soreness, reports Chip Patterson of CBS Sports.Blog Photo - South Carolina Football: Jadeveon Clowney suffers neck injury

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney could be shut down through the spring game for neck and back pain.

"His neck and back is stiff. Whether he goes another snap [this spring], I don't care," defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said.

Clowney initially suffered a neck sprain after going head-to-head with defensive tackle J.T. Surratt during practice Tuesday, and still hasn’t been cleared to return.

A legitimate Heisman candidate and future No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Clowney believes he’ll be 100 percent by the conclusion of spring and will be ready for voluntary summer workouts.

"My back and neck are hurting me," Clowney said following yesterday’s practice. "I should be okay coming out of spring ball. I should be coming around soon, hopefully.

"It's not really about being out here. It's about learning the playbook. We put in some new stuff, so all I have to do is learn the play calls. The rest of it I'll catch up on."

Clowney racked up 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss in 2012, and is famously known for this play against Michigan in the Outback Bowl.

South Carolina finishes up its spring session Saturday with its annual Garnet and Black spring game.

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