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

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

Jadeveon Clowney

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 TheJim Rome Show,Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said that Richt's comments might have gone a little too far. (H/T

“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.”