In the continuing debate about whether or not South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has the kind of work ethic NFL teams want, a personal trainer who helped Clowney prepare for the Combine is vouching for him.
Anthony Hobgood, who trained Clowney and other draft prospects, told Tom Pelissero of USA Today that Clowney was “actually one of the best guys in our whole combine class.”
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has sounded less than enthusiastic about Clowney’s work ethic, but Hobgood saw nothing to complain about.
“He’d be the first guy to show up in the morning. He’d be the first guy to breakfast,” Hobgood said. “He got some bad media coverage this past year, and I honestly think he’s very misunderstood. He listened. He knew what we asked him to do. He worked hard.”
Just because a player works hard when training for the Combine doesn’t mean there will be no questions about his work ethic in the NFL. But Clowney sure looked in Indianapolis like a guy who had been working hard.