Update: Wednesday, July 17 2:15 p.m. ET
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has responded to Clowney's remarks and he doesn't seem too happy, per Josh Kendall of The State:
Tajh Boyd tells USA Today: "There's some things I would definitely like to say but I'm just not going to entertain it." re: Clowney— Josh Kendall (@JoshatTheState) July 17, 2013
It's quite obvious Boyd isn't thrilled with Clowney challenging his toughness. The only way to settle the score is on the football field, and the two teams will meet Nov. 30 on the last week of the regular season.
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South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney showed up to SEC media days on Tuesday with the same aggressive mentality that he has on the football field.
He wasn't going to be the typical college player who answers every question in a politically correct fashion. Nope, instead Clowney was going to tell it like it is, and he doesn't care if you like it or not.
The highlight of his interview came when he listed all of the quarterbacks he's faced who were "scared" of him. He began naming off some of the top quarterbacks in the country, per Alex Scarborough of ESPN.
"I can tell Tajh Boyd is scared back there," Clowney said. "He ain't no sitting duck, but you can see in his eyes that he's scared of our D-linemen."
In Boyd's defense, he was sacked six times last season in Clemson's 27-17 loss to the Gamecocks, and Clowney had arguably the best game of his career that day with 4.5 sacks. There was perfectly good reason to be scared of the top defensive player in the country then, especially when the offensive line couldn't stop a faucet leak.
"You can look at a guy and tell that he's scared," Clowney said. "If he's staring at me before the ball is snapped and he's staring at me every play before the ball is snapped, oh we got him. I tell the players that he's shook."
Should quarterbacks be afraid of Clowney?
Murray had his worst game of the 2012 season in Georgia's 35-7 loss to the Gamecocks, when he was sacked twice and only threw for 109 yards and an interception. Wilson met three sacks in Arkansas' 38-20 loss to South Carolina last season, and he threw for 277 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
While there is a good chance that there will be a few responses when other coaches and players get the chance, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney wasted no time getting a word in, according to Gene Sapakoff of The Post and Courier.
“He’s a great player, no doubt about that,” Swinney said. “I look forward to getting another shot at him this year.”
Swinney also said that Boyd is “not scared of anybody.”
Swinney can look forward to facing Clowney on the sidelines, but it's his quarterback who has to share the field with the potential 2014 first-round NFL draft pick. Sorry, coach, but that's a whole different ballgame.
Whether players would like to admit it or not, there is nothing wrong with being afraid of Clowney. He's one of the best defensive ends that college football has ever seen, and he is destined for a bright future at the next level.
Unless someone is part of the South Carolina community, they should all be afraid of Clowney.