For whatever the reason — illness, injury, opponent schemes, etc. — South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney only has two sacks through six games this year, although he looked more like his usual disruptive self last Saturday at Tennessee (2 1/2 tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries).
On the flip side, though, Ealy has an up-close look at one of the nation’s most successful pass-rushers opposite him at defensive end. Michael Sam’s nine sacks are tied for the most among FBS players with Clemson’s Vic Beasley.
With three more sacks, Sam will break Aldon Smith’s Mizzou single-season sack record of 11 1/2. That’s not what God looks like, but it’s closer than what Clowney’s done this year.