Remember when Steve Spurrier used their former star DE Melvin Ingram at defensive tackle last season? Being the genius the Ol’ Ball coach is, he did it to
create mismatches in pass rushing situations. With Ingram gone packing for the San Diego Chargers, the Gamecocks will utilize the same strategy with their rising star DE Jadeveon Clowney who was one of the top true freshman in the country last year.
Even being the No.3 defensive end, Clowney impressed naysayers all over the country. It wasn’t long ago that Clowney turned heads as one of the top high school prospects in the nation. Clowney will be given the full-time opportunity to be featured in a variety of places this season and specifically, at middle line backer, according to Spurrier.
From the Post & Courier:
“We’re going to move him all over the place. I think our opponents know that. We’ve got to put him where, hopefully, most of the time he’s one-on-one with somebody. We did that somewhat with Melvin (Ingram). Maybe could have done it even a little be more with Melvin inside because he’s very quick, like Jadeveon, certainly.
Yeah, we’re going to team him some middle linebacker. There’s all kinds of things you can do, as long as you’v got 11 of them out there. It’s a pass-rush game almost now, as everybody knows.”
Clowney has the capability of being a nightmare for opposing offenses. At 6’6″, 256 lbs every offensive line coach that has South Carolina on the schedule will have to spend a little extra time game planning for this monster pass rusher if he does play a little middle line backer. Its bad enough you have to worry about him coming from the end, but dealing with him on blitzes right in the middle is cause for concern. This dude will be coming from all different angles like a freight train and make no mistake- he wants to hurt your quarterback.