Jadeveon Clowney set for big finish

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said Tuesday he is as healthy as he has been all season and is ready to end his career strongly at the Capital One Bowl.

The No. 9 Gamecocks (10-2) face No. 19 Wisconsin (9-3) on New Year's Day. And a Clowney not slowed by bumps and bruises is a big plus for South Carolina.

The 6-foot-6, 274-pound junior has dealt with bone spurs in his foot and a strained muscle near his ribs this season, along with double- and triple-teams from opponents each game.

"Right now, my mind's on the team, trying to finish the season off strong and win this game against Wisconsin," Clowney said. "After that, I'll look forward to doing everything else."

For Clowney, that's prepping for May's NFL draft. He said a year ago that this season would be his last in college, and he took a final bow to South Carolina fans at the last home game as he was honored with departing seniors.

Clowney was the face of college football's offseason, largely because of his oft-replayed, helmet-popping hit on Michigan's Vincent Smith in last season's Outback Bowl.

But Clowney acknowledged 2013 was not the disruptive season he had hoped for -- he had just three sacks, 10 fewer than his record-setting sophomore year. However, the 20-year-old still believes he's ready for the next level.

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