Finally feeling healthy

CLEMSON - Grady Jarrett sure looked like a bad dude each time he stepped on the field last season. To think, the entire time, he was doing it with a bum shoulder.

Jarrett tore his labrum while tackling Roderick McDowell the week before the season opener against Georgia.

"When it went, I thought it was my pectoral at first," Jarrett said. "Then they told me it was my labrum. It hurt real badly. I knew I was going to have to do some rehab and take my time with it.

"I was just so eager about the season, it couldn't stop me. I just had to strap it up, let's go."

Named All-ACC honorable mention, Jarrett finished the season with 83 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and two sacks. His 539 snaps were more than any of the other four defensive tackles in Clemson's five-man rotation.

The pain got pretty serious early on against Georgia when he used a swim move to help in his pursuit of Aaron Murray. If healthy, Jarrett said, he would have sacked the Dawgs' quarterback on the play.

He was on the sideline for the next play, waiting for the pain to subside.

"Once my adrenaline was going, I was OK, but it was tough, it was tough," Jarrett said. "Throughout the whole season, if I got hit right. I just couldn't show it, but it was all right. This actually will be my first season, if I stay healthy, that I have both my hands. My sophomore year, I played with a broken wrist the whole year.

"I'm not big on injuries, but it's just so -- God willing I stay healthy and see what these two hands can do together."

Fresh off an offseason arthroscopic procedure to clean up the shoulder, Jarrett is ready to roll for his senior season. He'll be doing it alongside the same four guys that have manned the middle of the Tigers' defense for the last two seasons.

Josh Watson, Deshawn Williams, D.J. Reader and Carlos Watkins are all back for 2014.

"We're all still hungry," Jarrett said. "Nobody can be comfortable because everybody has to compete every day. Anybody can start on any given day. That's where it separates, just coming out every day who they want going out there first.

"But, at the end of the day, it's not about that. We're going out and competing. We're all going to get snaps. We're all going to get plays. We're all going to stay fresh." Top Stories