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Jadeveon Clowney Does Special Teams

How quickly does University of South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney get off the ball? Let’s ask Michigan running back Vincent Smith about that … (boom). This week Clowney – who is projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft – gave special teams a shot, lining…

How quickly does University of South Carolina defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney get off the ball?

Let’s ask Michigan running back Vincent Smith about that … (boom).

This week Clowney – who is projected as the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL draft – gave special teams a shot, lining up for a field goal block in spring practice.

Did Clowney make the block? Um, yeah … in fact according to a writer for Gamecock Central, he got to the ball before the placekicker did.

“Clowney just blocked a field goal by kicking it out of the holder’s hand,” the writer tweeted. “I’m serious.”

Amazing …

There was no mention of the block in USC’s official press release recapping Thursday’s practice, and so far no video of the block has surfaced. But if anybody wants to doubt the validity of Clowney’s special teams “feet,” we’ll take that action.

We knew Clowney was going to be a special player, but we never expected him to become this good, this fast. In fact we can’t believe we’re saying this, but so far Clowney has not only met the lofty Lawrence Taylor standard set out for him … he’s exceeded it.

Clowney – who finished his sophomore season with 54 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks and three forced fumbles – finished sixth in the 2012 Heisman Trophy voting. Expect him to be a frontrunner for the award this season. The 6-foot-6 lineman has reportedly added twelve points to his frame – putting him at 272 pounds this spring. However Clowney hasn’t lost a bit of his speed and explosiveness. According to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, Clowney ran the forty-yard dash in a blazing 4.5 seconds during USC’s winter workouts.

That’s faster than most NFL running back prospects, people …

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Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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32 comments

Smirks March 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

I’m excited for our Gamecocks, but I’m also excited for Clowney’s professional career. He’s going to tear it up in the NFL.

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Smirks March 22, 2013 at 8:25 am

I’m excited for our Gamecocks, but I’m also excited for Clowney’s professional career. He’s going to tear it up in the NFL.

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Robert March 22, 2013 at 8:33 am

He is good, but if that happened, my bet is someone didn’t make their block on him just for a highlight. Sometimes practice ain’t all about real game situation. And don’t read into this that I’m saying JD ain’t all he is. He is one of the best I’ve seen on college level.

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southmauldin March 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

That Michigan tackle didn’t get help from the TE on the play where Clowney nearly killed the running back in the bowl game, but I still watch the hit on Youtube at least once a week.

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Robert March 22, 2013 at 8:33 am

He is good, but if that happened, my bet is someone didn’t make their block on him just for a highlight. Sometimes practice ain’t all about real game situation. And don’t read into this that I’m saying JD ain’t all he is. He is one of the best I’ve seen on college level.

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southmauldin March 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

That Michigan tackle didn’t get help from the TE on the play where Clowney nearly killed the running back in the bowl game, but I still watch the hit on Youtube at least once a week.

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Mamma Tried March 22, 2013 at 8:34 am

Hey Taj, he’s coming for you. Can you hear him?

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Bubbas Brother March 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

No, Taj can’t hear him cause he’s running the other way screaming like a girl…

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Mamma Tried March 22, 2013 at 8:34 am

Hey Taj, he’s coming for you. Can you hear him?

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The Colonel (R) March 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

No, Taj can’t hear him cause he’s running the other way screaming like a girl…

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GaryJR March 22, 2013 at 8:42 am

added twelve points to his frame ? Sloppy.

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Bubbas Brother March 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

He’s grown an antler rack – a 12 point Buck…

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Massa's calling March 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

As opposed to a two bale buck?

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GaryJR March 22, 2013 at 8:42 am

added twelve points to his frame ? Sloppy.

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The Colonel (R) March 22, 2013 at 10:34 am

He’s grown an antler rack – a 12 point Buck…

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Massa's calling March 22, 2013 at 10:47 am

As opposed to a two bale buck?

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9" March 22, 2013 at 8:45 am

Dude’s a Monster.I won a special bet off of him/Clemson game…THANKS!!!

(and can we remember;baseball is also a sport,girlfriends?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYR1yUa7e_k

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9" March 22, 2013 at 8:45 am

Dude’s a Monster.I won a special bet off of him/Clemson game…THANKS!!!

(and can we remember;baseball is also a sport,girlfriends?)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYR1yUa7e_k

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? March 22, 2013 at 8:48 am

Freak.

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? March 22, 2013 at 8:48 am

Freak.

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BigT March 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

FITS: Wrote: “We knew Clowney was going to be a special player.”….

FITS you are a F*#kin LIAR, w/ a lot of NERVE..

You ran a column from some Brain-Dead @$$-hole buddy of yours called RT, making fun at SC fans because they were excited about JD before he enrolled…

You have also BASHED Steve Spurrier every chance you got, just like all the other Rube-Small-Town media in SC…then Spurrier’s teams began to win at unprecedented levels…

I don’t care that you’re a No-Talent, Cliché political hack for Sanford-Davis….

But you’re just a F*#kin Liar…If you don’t have the stature, experience, knowledge, intellect and ability you so desperately crave …, ADMIT IT…

Quit being such a BIG D@*n lying piece of $#!*…you are so much like all the David Beasley types (runs a 4.2 – 40) lying politicians…it’s very disgusting…

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F. Gump March 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm

“You ran a column from some Brain-Dead @$$-hole buddy of yours called RT…”

RT? You mean ReTweet?

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BigT March 22, 2013 at 12:35 pm

FITS: Wrote: “We knew Clowney was going to be a special player.”….

FITS you are a F*#kin LIAR, w/ a lot of NERVE..

You ran a column from some Brain-Dead @$$-hole buddy of yours called RT, making fun at SC fans because they were excited about JD before he enrolled…

You have also BASHED Steve Spurrier every chance you got, just like all the other Rube-Small-Town media in SC…then Spurrier’s teams began to win at unprecedented levels…

I don’t care that you’re a No-Talent, Cliché political hack for Sanford-Davis….

But you’re just a F*#kin Liar…If you don’t have the stature, experience, knowledge, intellect and ability you so desperately crave …, ADMIT IT…

Quit being such a BIG D@*n lying piece of $#!*…you are so much like all the David Beasley types (runs a 4.2 – 40) lying politicians…it’s very disgusting…

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F. Gump March 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm

“You ran a column from some Brain-Dead @$$-hole buddy of yours called RT…”

RT? You mean ReTweet?

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ELCID March 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I hope he wears his knee braces in games and practice. He doesn’t want to get hurt before he can cash it in for the big money.

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ELCID March 22, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I hope he wears his knee braces in games and practice. He doesn’t want to get hurt before he can cash it in for the big money.

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Mike Traynor March 23, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Bubbas Brother — man you have me on the floor laughing.

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Mike Traynor March 23, 2013 at 7:18 pm

Bubbas Brother — man you have me on the floor laughing.

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bosbob March 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

He is an absolute clown. One good hit doesn’t make a player

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bosbob March 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

There is a reason clowney wears knee pads.

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bosbob March 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

He is an absolute clown. One good hit doesn’t make a player

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bosbob March 23, 2013 at 7:20 pm

There is a reason clowney wears knee pads.

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