USC defensive end Jadeveon Clowney had two, sometimes three guys trying to block him Saturday against Arkansas. The Razorbacks were trying anything to him down. In the first half on offensive lineman grabbed Clowney from behind and pulled him to the ground just before he got to the quarterback. The fans screamed for a holding call and finally the ref threw out a flag. That would be the only time an Arkansas player was called for holding Clowney, but as anyone who watched the game can attest, it certainly wasn’t the only time he was held.
“I get frustrated all the time, but I know that’s a call there not even going to call any more in this league,” Clowney said. “They don’t even call holding. It’s got to be real clear, tackle you all the way to the ground for the official to call a hold. I get frustrated, but I try to keep my cool out there on the field.”
We’ve spent a lot of time talking about the holding penalties, or lack thereof in the SEC the past couple of seasons. Unless it’s blatant, or occurs on a running play, offensive holding has become a somewhat rare call. If someone wanted to make a snarky comment he may point out the league seems to be more focused on the so-called calling targeting penalties rather than a simple holding call.
The reality is this is the way college football is played these days. The emphasis is on protecting the offensive players which in turn makes it tougher to plays defense. It is the same for both teams so turnabout is fair play. Clowney is going to have to get used to those double and triple teams because they aren’t going away. Neither are the holding non-calls.
AUDIO: Jadeveon Clowney post Arkansas interview [2:30]