Clowney says Clemson QB Tajh Boyd is “scared” and Dabo quickly fires back

  • Posted: Tuesday, July 16, 2013 8:12 p.m., Updated: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 2:05 p.m.
Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) is brought down by South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) in the second quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.

Jadeveon Clowney with a few off-handed remarks at SEC Media Days caused a social media stir late today with criticism of two high-profile quarterbacks.

Asked about Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, Clowney said, “He’s scared every time we play them. He knows he’s scared.”

Clowney, South Carolina’s All-America defensive end, had 4.5 sacks last November in the Gamecocks’ 27-17 victory at Clemson. Boyd is 0-2 against South Carolina as a starter.

“You can tell if a player is scared if he looks at me every time before the ball is snapped,” Clowney said.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney responded almost immediately when told at a Clemson golf outing about Clowney’s tweet.

“He’s a great player, no doubt about that,” Swinney said. “I look forward to getting another shot at him this year.”

Swinney said Boyd is “not scared of anybody.”

Clowney’s poke at Boyd was inspired by a question from a Georgia Bulldogs beat writer working on a story in advance of the Clemson-Georgia season opener. Clowney also said Bulldogs senior quarterback Aaron Murray was “scared.”

As with Clemson, South Carolina with Clowney in the lineup is 2-0 against Georgia.

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