Bulldogs brace for Gamecocks’ Clowney

The best defensive player in college football might be found in Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday night.

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Georgia outside linebacker Jarvis Jones certainly are in the conversation.

“I think he’s a great player, he’s a workhorse,” Jones said. “I think he’s way bigger than me. I’ve watched him a little bit, but I’ve never watched a whole game of him or anything like that.”

The 6-foot-6, 256-pound Clowney, who gave Georgia fits in last year’s 45-42 Gamecocks win, was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week on Monday for the second time this season. The sophomore had four tackles, including 2 ½ for loss, and a sack in a 38-17 win at Kentucky on Saturday.

Jones, 6-3 and 241 pounds, is third in the SEC in sacks per game (1.13) and second in tackles for loss (2.0). Clowney is fourth in sacks (1.10) and third in tackles for loss (1.9).

“I’m not into challenging who’s better or none of that,” Jones said. “I know I work hard. I’m going to challenge everybody I’m up against. I’m sure he’ll do the same.”

Against Tennessee, Jones had eight tackles, including a half for loss, but was held without a sack.

Coach Mark Richt said Tennessee mixed run and play-action and ran a lot of quick game passing with quarterback Tyler Bray.

“They just flat out can block, too,” Richt said of Tennessee’s big and athletic offensive tackles. “We just weren’t able to get there and when we did get close, Bray did a pretty good job of getting rid of the ball instead of taking a sack.”

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