Injured South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney said he is doing all he can to get back on the field. (Getty Images)
South Carolina All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney says he's fully committed to his team and doesn't worry about his future professional prospects.
Clowney did not play last Saturday in the team's victory over Kentucky and has a strained muscle near his rib cage. He said he is hoping to get back on the field soon and his status to play in Saturday's game against Arkansas is unknown.
"Am I fully committed? Always," Clowney said, via the Associated Press. "I could've sat out. I'm not looking to sit out. I'm not that type of guy. I'm here for the team. When I get back healthy, I'm going to play and do my job and take care of business on the field."
After the Kentucky game, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier said that Clowney can "come play for the team if he wants."
Spurrier then added, "But if he doesn't want to play, he doesn't have to play. Simple as that."
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Clowney, who has 12 tackles and two sacks this season, said he wasn't upset about Spurrier's postgame comments.
"He's really competitive," Clowney said. "He was just saying stuff. It's all right."
Spurrier said he handled the situation poorly and praised Clowney for all that he has done for the university.