Kenarious Gates is ready to move on.
Gates had the toughest assignment of anybody on the team as he played the entire night head up against the 6-foot-6, 256-pound Clowney. Occasionally Gates would get some help from a chipping running back or fullback. But essentially it was the first-year starting tackle against one of the best pass-rushers in college football all night.
“It was a great experience,” Gates insisted. “He’s a great player. You’re going against one of the best D-ends in the SEC. You’ve to got to give him credit. He’s strong, quick off the line. He opened my eyes to what I need to do to get better and the things I need to work on. We gave each other good competition out there.”
I’m not sure Clowney would agree, but what the hell, Gates is right not to dwell on the experience.
On the other hand, the person who does need to dwell on the experience is the one who thought using a freshman running back to help Gates block Clowney was a workable strategy.
That is what epic fail looks like.