The mother of South Carolina All-America defensive end and presumptive 2014 No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jadeveon Clowney told SI.com Thursday that she expects her son to play his third season of eligibility, rather than sit out the year to avoid injury. "I talked to him this week, and he wants to play,'' said Josenna Clowney. "I don't think he has it in him to sit out. He loves to play football. I know I want him to play."
Clowney's future has been the subject of speculation since Tom Sorensen of the
Josenna Clowney, 40, has worked for 18 years at the Frito-Lay plant in Charlotte and said she is looking forward to retiring when her son signs an NFL contract, but not at the expense of an entire season of college football. "I enjoy the college games so much," said Josenna. "I enjoy the scenery and the stadiums. I would never want him to sit out a year."
Clowney is projected as a defensive force in the NFL. Listed at 6-foot-6, 256 pounds during his sophomore season, Clowney said in a January interview that he has grown to 6-6 ½, 273 pounds and runs exceptionally fast. (Clowney turned 20 years old on Thursday). He has told officials at South Carolina that "as of right now," he will play his junior season and Gamecocks' coach Steve Spurrier has said that he expects Clowney back.