There are enough shots being thrown at SEC media days that journalists have to duck during interviews.
It started on Tuesday when South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney listed numerous quarterbacks who are scared to play against him and his defensive line. Although South Carolina is done with its media day, other players have now had a chance to express how they feel towards last year's SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
Tennessee offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James wasn't afraid to be one of those players, per Wes Rucker of 247Sports:
Ja'Wuan James on Clowney: I never get to go against him. He stays on the other side. He won't come over and play with me.— Wes Rucker (@wesrucker247) July 17, 2013
James is the right tackle for the Volunteers, Clowney usually lines up on the left side of the field. Clowney's matchup is Antonio 'Tiny' Richardson, who was also mentioned during SEC media days by the South Carolina star, per Bruce Feldman of CBS Sports:
Jadeveon Clowney on #UT OT Tiny Richardson. "He is the best at holding and getting away with it."— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) July 16, 2013
There's nothing like a player sticking up for his teammate. Having each other's back at all times is part of being a team and is something you are taught at a young age. But there may have been better ways to handle that comment. Daring Clowney, who is a freakish athlete and potential first-round 2014 NFL draft pick, to "come over and play" isn't the wisest statement an offensive lineman can make.
Don't worry, Richardson did stick up for himself, which you can see by clicking here.
Clowney is a different animal who should never be poked by opponents. Nobody in their right mind wants to motivate somebody who is 6'6", 278 pounds and who reportedly runs a 4.46 40-yard dash.
He's downright scary.
However, James is no spring chicken who doesn't know what he is getting himself into. He has started 37 games since his freshman year in 2010 and was a 2010 Coaches All-SEC Freshman selection. He has terrific size (6'6", 318 pounds) and was tempted to leave school last season for the NFL draft.
As if Clowney or South Carolina needed any more motivation against Tennessee, James provided it. James decided to throw another jab in the Gamecocks' direction, per Russ Mitchell of College Football News:
Ja'Wuan James "SC has the most annoying fight song."— Russ Mitchell (@RussMitchellCFB) July 17, 2013
South Carolina and Tennessee will meet Oct. 17 at Neyland Stadium. The Gamecocks have won four of the last five meetings, including the last three.