By PETE IACOBELLIAP Sports Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - South Carolina All-American Jadeveon Clowney will start Saturday when the 14th-ranked Gamecocks travel to Arkansas.
Gamecocks defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said Thursday that Clowney will start after successfully finishing a second straight day of practice after missing workouts earlier in the week with a strained muscle near his ribcage.
Clowney pulled himself out of last Saturday night's game against Kentucky a short time before kickoff, which upset South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier. That led to questions about whether the 6-foot-6, 274-pound lineman was fully committed to the Gamecocks or if he was protecting himself for next spring's NFL draft where he's considered a top prospect.
Ward talked with trainer Clint Haggard who says Clowney's received treatment on his injury several times. Ward says Clowney's doing all he can to play.Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.