Clemson's Tajh Boyd Responds to Jadeveon Clowney, QB Calls Mike Vick His Mentor

Alex SimsCorrespondent IIIJuly 21, 2013

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd garnered more attention than any other player during Day 1 of the ACC media days, and he might have been an even bigger draw than Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford.

While Swofford played it safe with his remarks in Greensboro, N.C., the Clemson signal-caller spoke with conviction on a variety of topics. 

A major storyline heading into Sunday's interview sessions was how Boyd would respond to the claims made by South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney during the SEC media days.

The Gamecocks defender told reporters that he could see the fear in Boyd's eyes when the two met on the field in 2012. The statement certainly made sense, considering Clowney's 4.5 sacks in that November 24 meeting.

However, Boyd fired back, saying that he isn't afraid of the 6'6", 270-pound defensive lineman and he'll see him in November, as tweeted by ESPN's Brett McMurphy:

Boyd will take on coveted NFL prospect Clowney and South Carolina on November 30 to conclude the 2013 regular season.

Sometime before then, perhaps Boyd will find out how to avoid Clowney from his mentor, NFL quarterback Michael Vick.

In Greensboro, Boyd lauded the Eagles signal-caller, saying he is a great mentor and that he helped Boyd in his decision to return to Clemson for his senior season. The two both hail from the same area in Virginia.

Vick played for current ACC member Virginia Tech during its days in the Big East Conference, leading the Hokies to a national title game appearance. 

Similar to his NFL-star mentor, Boyd carried somewhat of a star status around the ACC media days, drawing more attention than his peers.

In the eye of that attention, Boyd made an intriguing claim on behalf of his conference, saying that the ACC has the best quarterbacks in college football.

That statement will be put to the test on opening weekend, when Boyd and Clemson take on Georgia and Aaron Murray. Murray, who is regarded as one of the nation's best quarterbacks, was named third-team All-SEC in the preseason behind Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Alabama's AJ McCarron. 

Boyd certainly talked a big game during his time with the media on Sunday, and now he'll have to prove his worth when Clemson faces arguably the toughest pair of nonconference opponents in college football to open and close the season.

The 2012 ACC Player of the Year ended his junior season with 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns through the air.