Michigan RB Vincent Smith finally responds to Jadeveon Clowney h - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Michigan RB Vincent Smith finally responds to Jadeveon Clowney hit

Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney delivers a big hit to Michigan running back Vincent Smith in 2012. (Source: TheBigSpur) Gamecock defensive end Jadeveon Clowney delivers a big hit to Michigan running back Vincent Smith in 2012. (Source: TheBigSpur)
ANN ARBOR, MI (WIS) -

It has been just over two weeks since "The Hit" -- a crushing blow that South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney delivered to Michigan running back Vincent Smith at the Outback Bowl -- and Smith is finally talking about his mind when he saw Clowney heading right for him.

In an interview with ESPN, Smith said he really didn't feel the hit. In fact, he told reporters the hit looked worse than it felt.

"Oh yeah, it did," Smith said to ESPN. "I saw it and was like, 'Dang.'"

However, Smith also said there was nothing he could do to stop Clowney from barreling down on him as he did in the now famous YouTube clip.

"I saw it coming and I couldn't do anything about it," Smith said. "When Devin gave me the ball, he was looking behind him so he didn't even see. He looked back and he handed me the ball as I was making my pocket."

When asked about the coverage the hit has gotten, Smith says he got numerous text messages from friends and family members asking how he was doing.

However, despite the hit, which was called a "car crash" by Gamecocks wide receiver Ace Sanders, Smith was not injured in the play.

As a result of the play, momentum swung wildly back to South Carolina, and the Gamecocks would win the game 33 - 28.

Copyright 2013 WIS. All rights reserved.

  • SEC FootballSEC CoverageMore>>

  • Week 13 preview: Rivalry week and high stakes are everywhere

    Week 13 preview: Rivalry week and high stakes are everywhere

    Thursday, November 23 2017 1:42 AM EST2017-11-23 06:42:17 GMT
    Thursday, November 23 2017 9:24 AM EST2017-11-23 14:24:12 GMT
    Yes, it is rivalry week in college football and the old saying goes that anything can happen when rivals get together, but let's not go overboard. Alabama has won seven of nine against Auburn because the Tide has...
    Yes, it is rivalry week in college football and the old saying goes that anything can happen when rivals get together, but let's not go overboard. Alabama has won seven of nine against Auburn because the Tide has been clearly better more often than not.
  • Miami gets bump to No. 2 behind Alabama in playoff rankings

    Miami gets bump to No. 2 behind Alabama in playoff rankings

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 7:41 PM EST2017-11-22 00:41:29 GMT
    Wednesday, November 22 2017 2:55 PM EST2017-11-22 19:55:49 GMT
    Miami moved up to No. 2 behind Alabama in the College Football Playoff rankings, with Clemson slipping one spot to three and Oklahoma holding at four.
    Miami moved up to No. 2 behind Alabama in the College Football Playoff rankings, with Clemson slipping one spot to three and Oklahoma holding at four.
  • AP source: Florida meets with Chip Kelly about coaching job

    AP source: Florida meets with Chip Kelly about coaching job

    Monday, November 20 2017 12:40 AM EST2017-11-20 05:40:24 GMT
    Monday, November 20 2017 3:23 PM EST2017-11-20 20:23:49 GMT
    A person familiar with the situation says Florida has met with Chip Kelly about becoming the team's next football coach.
    A person familiar with the situation says Florida has met with Chip Kelly about becoming the team's next football coach.
Powered by Frankly