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Mark Richt thinks Jadeveon Clowney is the best; Steve Spurrier disagrees

Jadeveon Clowney Georgia will face Jadeveon Clowney, "the very best player to exist today," on Sept. 7. (Scott Cunningham/Getty)

By Zac Ellis

Georgia coach Mark Richt said earlier this week that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney "might be the very best player to exist today, at any level." Well, Clowney's own coach isn't quite ready to agree.

On Wednesday's The Jim Rome Show, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said that Richt's comments might have gone a little too far. (H/T CoachingSearch.com)

“That was a little strong right there,” Spurrier said. “Obviously, Jadeveon is probably the best defensive lineman in college football. I think everyone agrees with that. But when you start putting linemen in there with quarterbacks, receivers and running backs, I don’t know what he’s trying to say. If he’s trying to fatten up Jadeveon’s thinking, I hope it doesn’t work.

“Jadeveon has had a lot of praise, a lot of attention the entire offseason. I think he’s handled it pretty well. He tries to stay out of the limelight. He doesn’t go to the clubs. He’s not out in public much, except when he has to go to class and so forth. I think he’s handled it well.”

Clowney is already slated to become a top-five NFL draft pick once he completes his junior season at South Carolina. Richt and the Bulldogs face the division-rival Gamecocks in Athens on Sept. 7, so the Georgia coach's compliment might have been little more than a plot to temper expectations.

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