COLUMBIA, S.C. -- The South Carolina Gamecocks jumped out to an early 28-0 lead Saturday but allowed the Vanderbilt Commodores to claw back into the game late. The Gamecocks held off the Commodores for the 35-25 win, but allowing them to rattle off points late in an attempted comeback was troubling to head coach Steve Spurrier after the game.
Also troubling to the Gamecocks is the fact that star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney is playing through pain from a foot injury.
"A lot," said Clowney about the level of pain in his right foot. "The more I keep going the more it bothers me."
Clowney plays through pain but said when he steps off the field the pain subsides. Rest is the only solution for the defensive end while the season progresses, but once the Gamecocks schedule completes Clowney plans to go under the knife.
"I'm going to get it cleaned out after the season's over with," said Clowney, who could be a potential top five NFL draft pick if he elects to leave school a year early.