What's the story with Griffen?

Wolf has an interesting story this morning in the DN.

Defensive end Everson Griffen, who missed several days with a hamstring injury, was visibly upset after practice.

"I don't want to talk right now," an angry Griffen said. "I'm happy. I don't want to talk about anything."

One teammate said Griffen told him he was "not happy right now," but the exact reason was not clear.

Coaches were frustrated by his absence since Sunday and have also spoken to him about being too cocky.

Last year, senior defensive end Kyle Moore frequently clashed with Griffen over his attitude. Griffen arrived at USC rated as one of the top 10 players in the nation and Carroll said he could play in the NFL straight out of high school.

So far, Griffen has been inconsistent.

Sources said Carroll spoke to him Tuesday about stepping up, but Carroll said he merely addressed a group of players about being sidelined with nagging injuries.

"I challenged a whole group of (injured) guys to come back," Carroll said. "About 10came back (Wednesday)."

Griffen tried to practice Wednesday but then aggravated his groin.

I remember all the talk last year about how Griffen was acting a little big for his britches. This kid is good and he came to SC with a lot of hype and expectations so I am not surprised that he may have a little of all this hype going to his head.

I am not sure what the issue is right now but it is imperative he gets his head back in the game. Griffen is too important not to have him on the field and its his responsibility get this worked out so that he can be productive, I can't speak of the injury to his groin but I know when a players head isn't the game it can lead to further injury so he needs to get it worked out and fast Griffen is just too talented to have these types of attitude issues.

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