Tuesday, September 8, 2009

So how do you stop South Pointe's Jadeveon Clowney?

Jadeveon Clowney plays defensive end for Rock Hill South Pointe, and though still just a junior, is already one of the best at his position in the Carolinas.

Friday, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Clowney was showing why early in the Stallions’ game with Independence, with two quick sacks and several quarterback pressures.

“That No.7 (Clowney) will probably be the top recruit in the country next year,” Patriots coach Tom Knotts said after the game.

That said, the Independence coaching staff came up with a few in-game ideas to lessen his impact.

“After awhile the guys thought they could run the ball at him because he’s so sack-conscious and he runs up the field some (far into the backfield),” Knotts said. “And we were able to take advantage of that seam a time or two and let him run up the field and wrap the guard around on the linebacker and get a couple yards.”

That said, Clowney is still learning. Better beat him while you can, folks; as Knotts said, he’s going to be very, very good.

--Stan Olson

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