COLUMBIA — Jadeveon Clowney only had one tackle in his return from the field at Arkansas, but defensive line coach Deke Adams said another number was a better indicator of the junior’s play: four.
That’s the number of plays the Razorbacks ran in Clowney’s direction all game.
No surprise, not after the season it’s been, that Arkansas continued the trend of playing keep-away with USC’s star defensive end. Even if Clowney’s stats didn’t jump out on the box score, Adams said his return to the field had a major impact on the defense.
“I thought it was big because obviously everybody knows he draws all the attention,” Adams said. “When he can take up two or three guys, it allows other guys to do other things and even takes some stress off of our linebackers. That’s what happened Saturday, and we had some guys make some plays.”
Despite only one tackle, Adams said Clowney graded out at 91 percent. That grade is consistent with his post-game evaluations throughout the season.
“I don’t put a big emphasis on the percentage grade,” Adams said. “It’s a production grade for me, but I know that his production is not the same that it’s been because of all the attention he’s getting on the field, so that plays a part in it to a certain degree.”