South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney has woken up all of the quarterbacks he called out on Tuesday during SEC Media Days. The defensive end insisted that a few SEC quarterbacks were scared of him, including Georgia's Aaron Murray.
Choosing his words carefully on Thursday, the Bulldogs' quarterback dished out a classy response to last year's SEC Defensive Player of the Year, per Tony Barnhart of CBS Sports.
UGA QB @aaronmurray11 on being on Jadeveon Clowney's "scared" list. "He misused the word "scared." I have a lot respect for him."— Tony Barnhart (@MrCFB) July 18, 2013
Clowney sees Murray staring at him and interprets that as a sign of fear, while Murray sees it as a sign of respect. When playing against Clowney, it is important to know his whereabouts at all times to avoid getting blown up by a player who many consider a freak of nature.
However, don't believe that Murray is scared of getting hit. He told Seth Emerson of The Macon Telegraph that he actually enjoys the physical play.
Murray, again responding to Clowney: "I enjoy getting hit. I'm not scared of getting hit by anyone."— Seth Emerson (@SethEmerson) July 18, 2013
That's a first. Not sure a quarterback has ever admitted that he "enjoys" getting hit. Not having a problem taking a shot in the chops is one thing, but enjoying peeling yourself off the field is another.
However, this is about as close to a response as Clowney is going to get. If he's hoping to start a verbal back-and-forth, he must pick on somebody his own size. Murray learned his lesson in a high school game and has never opened his mouth again, per Mark Schlabach:
Murray said he hasn't talked trash since HS. Talked trash after catching a 2-pt conversion and then broke leg two plays later.— Mark Schlabach (@Mark_Schlabach) July 18, 2013
Murray is way too important to the Bulldogs' success to test karma yet again. Sorry, Clowney, Murray will continue to handle those jabs with kindness and a smile.
But even if Murray was afraid of Clowney, do you blame him? Even Georgia head coach Mark Richt told the Red and Black that he would be terrified if he shared the same field with the defensive end.
Richt: "I would think some guys are afraid of Clowney. I would be afraid of him if he was coming at me."— Red and Black (@redandblack) July 18, 2013
Georgia tight end Arthur Lynch also commented on Clowney and defended his quarterback. Still, it wasn't exactly a response that matched the aggressiveness of Clowney's barb, per Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Arthur Lynch on Clowney's "scared" comment. "I think (Murray) is scared of his mother. But that's it."— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) July 18, 2013
Murray certainly picked the right person to fear.