KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Perhaps no quarterback understands the challenge of facing South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney better than Tennessee's Justin Worley.
Worley and Clowney both grew up in Rock Hill, S.C., though they went to different high schools. That allowed Worley to watch Clowney mature into one of the nation's most feared pass rushers.
Worley remembers Clowney as an elementary school running back who was taller than faster than all his peers.
Worley will spend his Saturday afternoon trying to make sure he doesn't get a face-to-face reunion with Clowney in Tennessee's backfield.
Tennessee's chances of upsetting the 11th-ranked Gamecocks on Saturday depend in part on whether Worley can maintain the momentum he established in his last game, a 34-31 overtime loss to Georgia.