The South Carolina coach said on Sunday that he expects Clowney and defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles to “go out with the seniors” and be recognized on senior day, the Post & Courier reports.
South Carolina hosts Clemson Saturday and will honor their seniors, who will be playing their final home game for the school. Only four scholarship seniors will be honored, but Clowney and Quarles are expected to say their goodbyes then, too.
Spurrier’s statement should hardly come as a surprise. Clowney has been hyped up since last season — and since high school, truthfully — and there has been talk since last year that he would be the top overall pick in the draft. Some in the media even suggested that he should sit out the season to protect himself since he didn’t have anything to prove.
It was actually somewhat of a shaky season for Clowney, who faced questions about his desire and conditioning early on. He’ll likely be a top-five pick in the draft regardless.