USC sophomore defensive end has big plans for his junior season, but apparently getting an insurance policy isn’t one of them. Clowney is an almost certain to be a first round pick next season, and he has a good chance to be a top five pick, if not the overall top selection. The biggest risk for him is injury, but that’s not something he’s worried about.
“I don’t think about getting injured, man,” Clowney said. “Something happens all the time. Stuff happens. You can get injured just walking somewhere, fall off a curb somewhere. So I just still play my game and go out there and give it my all every play.”
“I’m not taking [an insurance policy] out on myself. I haven’t got hurt yet, I don’t plan on it. Knock on wood. Ain’t nothing wrong with me, my foot is getting better, I’m doing alright.”
When asked what he thinks when he sees projections that indicate he would be the number one pick in the upcoming NFL draft if he were eligible Clowney responded by with a laugh, “It makes me want to go. I’m ready to go! I know I’ve got to wait my three years, so I’m just going to wait and be patient and keep playing my game and just get ready to go when it’s my time.”
Clowney has some lofty goals for next season, including a potential trip to New York City for the Heisman Trophy ceremony. He believes he can get there if he can stay healthy and build on his record setting sophomore season.
“Probably instead of just leading the country in sacks and tackles for a loss, probably more forced fumbles. I am going to go for more forced fumbles next year. I’ll do whatever. Hold, punt, kick field goals, whatever. I will figure out something to get up there.”
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