South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier wasn’t happy with his team’s offensive showing on Saturday. Then again, it’s usually difficult to move the ball against Gameoccks All-American Jadeveon Clowney.
The South Carolina junior defensive end had two sacks — at least two other potential sacks were credited as incompletions — in the two-hour workout at Williams-Brice Stadium, a week after sitting out a scrimmage with a bruised shoulder. He also came in virtually untouched on several other plays to pressure Gamecock quarterbacks Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson.
Shaw, the senior starter, finished just 2 of 6 passing for 25 yards and an interception. He walked off the field shaking his right, throwing hand after the pick by freshman cornerback Jamari Smith. Shaw went to the locker room to get it looked at, then returned with ice on his right hand.
Spurrier said it was a bruised thumb and did not think it was anything serious. Shaw is coming off foot surgery last January that kept him out of spring workouts.
“We act like we didn’t even try to block Clowney today,” Spurrier said. “Maybe we’re afraid to block him, I don’t know. Hopefully, he’s that good but I’ve seen other people block him. He doesn’t get to the quarterback every play like he did today just about.”
And that was just in two, short series before the 6-foot-6, 274-pound Clowney watched the rest of the sessions from the sidelines.
Earlier Saturday, the Gamecocks were picked sixth in the AP preseason Top 25, their highest ranking in history to start the season.
“That’s flattering,” Spurrier said. “I don’t know if we can live up to it or not, but we’ll try, though.”
The Gamecocks will have to get their offense going if they hope to build on the first back-to-back 11-2 seasons in school history.