Clowney likely to start against Arkansas

A drama-filled week for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney appears to be coming to a positive conclusion.

The All-American defensive end is likely to start on Saturday when the No. 14 Gamecocks visit Arkansas, according to South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.

Clowney has practiced each of the last two days and is "getting better every day" according to Ward. The 6-foot-6, 274-pound Clowney sat out last week's game against Kentucky with a muscle strain near his ribcage, but his absence sparked questions because of the manner in which he handled it (not notifying the coaching staff he wouldn't play until they arrived at the stadium) as well as the tone of head coach Steve Spurrier's comments on the matter in the immediate aftermath.

Spurrier has since cleared the air and said that everyone involved handled that situation "poorly." He praised Clowney for his contributions to football program since he has been in Columbia, S.C. Clowney has since said that he is fully committed to his South Carolina team and will do everything he can to play.