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    Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    Quote Originally Posted by RotoWorld
    When asked about DE Jadeveon Clowney's work ethic, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said, "He was OK."
    Spurrier isn't doing the talented Clowney any favors as the NFL world descends on Indy for the Scouting Combine. "He was OK. It wasn't like Marcus Lattimore, you know, every player is a little different," Spurrier said. "His work habits are pretty good, they're not quite like Lattimore, maybe Stephon Gilmore, Melvin Ingram, some of those guys, but when the ball is snapped he's got something no one else has." Any concerns over Clowney will be washed away once he goes through testing at the Combine. He's expected to post freaky numbers for a man that was listed 6'6/274
    While I'm still not sold on the Rams taking Clowney, I do think that his success/failure could depend on where he lands. If he lands wit a team that already has a star DL (Watt in Houston, Quinn in St. Louis) I could see him working harder to prove that he is at that level. If, on the other hand, he lands with a team where he's viewed as the top DL from day 1, work ethic/entitlement could be an issue.


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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    He would be on a team with the best DE in the league in Quinn. Hard working high motor non stop player in Long. One of the best D line coaches in the game that has helped to take Quinn's game to the next level. Add in Gregg WIlliams to the mix he knows how to get it out of his players. Finally the Fisher factor and I think he would have plenty of support to get him to play like he did before he went into his self protection mode.

    For Clowney to be one of the best in the NFL on the Rams he would have to work hard every day. That said when Quinn is lined up opposite of him, he will get one on one a lot. With Williams schemes there will be times we send more then they can possibly block. Hate to see Clowney unblock on his way to my QB.

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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    Jadeveon Clowney's work habits dinged by Steve Spurrier

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    South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier gushed about Jadeveon Clowney's talent level on Wednesday. But Spurrier didn't gush about Clowney's work habits.

    Spurrier said on NFL Network's "NFL AM" that Clowney's work habits were "pretty good" and "OK," saying they didn't compare to those of former Gamecocks stars Marcus Lattimore, Stephon Gilmore and Melvin Ingram. But each time Spurrier dinged the work habits, he also praised Clowney, saying "when the ball is snapped, yeah, he's got something no one else has" and "when the ball is snapped, he's got an explosion like you've never seen before."


    NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock on Tuesday questioned Clowney's mental makeup. But Mayock also said Clowney has "the physical makeup to be the best player the draft."

    Spurrier also defended Clowney's relative lack of production in 2013 (40 tackles and three sacks, compared with 54 tackles and 12 sacks in 2012).

    "Even though his production this year wasn't near what it was last year, he had two to three guys waiting on him just about every play," Spurrier said. "His run defense was very good, though. He chased down a bunch of guys and made tackles. His sacks, he had to go around two and three guys just about every game."

    Spurrier said every opponent "had a plan for him. Even if we move him to the right side or the middle, that guy back there would just follow him wherever he went and tried to double-team or triple-team and give his lineman help on just about every pass play."

    Spurrier said Clowney "can obviously get a little stronger. He's only 20, I think, right now. He may be 21, I'm not sure. But he's still got some room to muscle up a bit, but he's, again, got that explosiveness that you don't see very often. He's a good team player. We didn't win 11 games three years in a row, most in school history, because of any kind of issues and so forth."

    Spurrier said going back to high school, Clowney was "a winner as well as being the most dominant defensive player on the field all the time."

    Spurrier was asked which pro player Clowney most reminded him of, and Spurrier said Jevon Kearse, Kevin Carter and Julius Peppers. Spurrier coached Carter and Kearse at Florida. Carter went sixth overall in the 1995 draft and had four seasons of 10-plus sacks. Kearse went 16th overall in 1999 and had three seasons of 10-plus sacks. Peppers went second overall in the 2002 draft and has had eight seasons of 10-plus sacks.

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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    Any concerns over Clowney will be washed away once he goes through testing at the Combine. He's expected to post freaky numbers for a man that was listed 6'6/274
    No, rotoworld, it won't. Nobody is disputing his physical abilities. Frankly, if he does NOT put up freaky numbers, people will be surprised. It's not the 4.5 seconds on the track that's going to earn him money. It's the 15 minutes he spends in a conference room with the front office that will.
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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    No, rotoworld, it won't. Nobody is disputing his physical abilities. Frankly, if he does NOT put up freaky numbers, people will be surprised. It's not the 4.5 seconds on the track that's going to earn him money. It's the 15 minutes he spends in a conference room with the front office that will.
    Agree completely. They don't care how fast he goes from 0-60 or his horsepower. They are interested in testing his handling and reliability.

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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    Mr Clowney your word is COW.....C O W, E I E I O....

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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    No, rotoworld, it won't. Nobody is disputing his physical abilities. Frankly, if he does NOT put up freaky numbers, people will be surprised. It's not the 4.5 seconds on the track that's going to earn him money. It's the 15 minutes he spends in a conference room with the front office that will.
    Yeah, that's a pretty dumb comment by Rotoworld. At this point, everyone knows Clowney is a physical freak and will in all likelihood put up ridiculous workout numbers. The questions about Clowney are mental and character driven, which aren't going to be "washed away" with a fast click of the stopwatch.

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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    It's really unfortunate all around that Clowney has these question marks around him. Can you imagine how different things would be for him and for teams at the top of the draft if he had a great work ethic? It's not even something like height or arm strength or jumping ability. It's simply how much he wants it.

    Work ethic is one of the few things in professional sports that is really completely under the control of the athlete. And it doesn't sound like he's getting very high marks. This, more than anything, would make me very concerned about drafting him.
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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    Hopefully JC will be willing to listen & learn from potential mentors such as one Chris Long, a Robert Quinn...

    Teachable, coachable. It would be nice to see him mature into resembling these consummate professionals, work ethic wise or otherwise.

    Add that to his physical strengths!

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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    I know Clowney is fast, but how often is a defensive end going to be running a 40 yard sprint in a straight line?
    I know if the Rams draft him he will probably be down the depth chart and therefore on special teams coverages, but surely things like the 10 yard split and bench are more appropriate evaluation tools for his position?

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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    Quote Originally Posted by tomahawk247 View Post
    I know Clowney is fast, but how often is a defensive end going to be running a 40 yard sprint in a straight line?
    I know if the Rams draft him he will probably be down the depth chart and therefore on special teams coverages, but surely things like the 10 yard split and bench are more appropriate evaluation tools for his position?
    If he is really able to run a 4,4 40 yard dash it means he is an explosive player, and he is a big guy. Quinn is really good because of his explosiveness.
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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    Quote Originally Posted by Torry Holt View Post
    If he is really able to run a 4,4 40 yard dash it means he is an explosive player, and he is a big guy. Quinn is really good because of his explosiveness.
    Yes, it CAN be a factor, that explosiveness, and often is. JC is physically fine.

    But Clowney seems to lack the "other" attributes that make Quinn who he is. At least according to some scouting experts. That's where the rookie would really have to prove himself, starting by selling his desire to become a true DE success (including the work ethic that's being questioned as we speak).

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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    Quote Originally Posted by Torry Holt View Post
    If he is really able to run a 4,4 40 yard dash it means he is an explosive player, and he is a big guy. Quinn is really good because of his explosiveness.

    THe 10 yard dash would show that. He could run a fast 40 because his backend speed is good, but he might be slow out of the blocks.

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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    Robert Quinn may very well be the fastest DE in the history of the NFL. His get-off and ability to bend is unreal. He gets around LT's faster than anyone I've seen since Dwight Freeney (even faster than Freeney).


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    Re: Steve Spurrier gives luke warm assessment of Clowney's work ethic

    Chris Fedor's Analysis

    Clowney is a freak athlete with a rare blend of size, speed and power. He has a variety of ways to get upfield; a tremendous first step, swim move and bull rush. He has the ability to convert speed to power and can't be handled one on one.
    I think his 10 will be very quick and he will level off as he runs. Going to be fun to see this guy run.

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