Chris Stephens

SEC Surprises: Gamecocks' D Falters, Florida's Offense Implodes

Created on Sept. 12, 2013 11:13 AM EST

Where Was Jadeveon Clowney?

Coming into this season, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney generated the most hype of any player in the nation.

However, he's been largely unimpressive this season, even moreso against a Georgia offensive line that struggled in its previous game against Clemson.

Clowney did get to quarterback Aaron Murray one time, but outside of that he was invisible. When Georgia ran the ball, Clowney got so far upfield that rushers scooted right by him for a gain.

Then, he was off the field on many big plays. I counted at least five first downs the Bulldogs converted while Clowney was not on the field. Whether it's a lack of conditioning or simply being overmatched, I'm not sure.

The big defensive end didn't seem like his normal self, or offensive coaches are starting scheme against him.

Either way, the fact that Clowney was a non-factor was a huge surprise.

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