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Marcus Lattimore: Jadeveon Clowney should play in 2013

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07:41 PM ET 02.15 | The biggest college football talker over the past week has surrounded South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and his struggle to decide if he should play the 2013 season and risk a career altering injury or sit it out and play it safe. One of the main motivating factors in Clowney wanting to sit out the 2013 season is what happened to teammate and friend Marcus Lattimore. Had Lattimore not suffered a grueling injury in October, he would likely be a first-round lock for this April's draft and wouldn't have fallen past the second round. But because of that injury, Lattimore is now a late-round pick at best and has cost himself hundreds of thousands of dollars. But while Lattimore is a cautionary tale, he says he's cool with the NCAA rule that says no college player can enter the NFL Draft until he's three years removed from high school -- a rule that blocked Clowney from entering this year's draft.

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Jadeveon Clowney, Getty Images/Al Messerschmidt Jadeveon Clowney, Getty Images/Al Messerschmidt
February 15, 2013  11:07 PM ET

He should have his career altered and play. Rather than look like a total deadbeat sellout that will never amount to anything guy who quits on his team because of money.

February 16, 2013  10:41 AM ET

An NFL jr league would take care of all these SEC rejects who are damn good football players but have no business attending university.

February 16, 2013  11:41 AM ET

"... Jadeveon Clowney and his struggle to decide if he should play the 2013 season ..."

The bloggers at FanSided have told this to themselves so many times ... they've now convinced themselves that it's true.

FanSided is a group of opinionated bloggers trying to make a living masquerading as sports journalists. This is what happens when social media invades the news. SI should find more credible sources.

February 16, 2013  12:49 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

"... Jadeveon Clowney and his struggle to decide if he should play the 2013 season ..."The bloggers at FanSided have told this to themselves so many times ... they've now convinced themselves that it's true. FanSided is a group of opinionated bloggers trying to make a living masquerading as sports journalists. This is what happens when social media invades the news. SI should find more credible sources.

But then we wouldn't have anything to talk about in the off season except when some wannabe thugs beat up a student.

February 16, 2013  03:27 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

An NFL jr league would take care of all these SEC rejects who are damn good football players but have no business attending university.

Van, are you suggesting that the young man is not a good student? I didn't get that from the article.

February 16, 2013  04:54 PM ET
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An NFL jr league

Already have one of those. It's called NCAA football.

February 17, 2013  09:06 AM ET

If any of this is true about Clowney, he can look back later on and point to this when people ask him where his life jumped the shark.

February 17, 2013  11:29 AM ET

Is this just a manufactured story? I have not heard clowney ever suggest that he might not play.

 
February 19, 2013  10:54 AM ET
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Is this just a manufactured story? I have not heard clowney ever suggest that he might not play.

That is correct. It's some "journalist" telling a kid who has a billion more talent than he does, what he should do with his life. It's fantasy.

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