By GENE SAPAKOFF
HOOVER, Ala. – Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray got his chance to respond to Jadeveon Clowney today, two days after the South Carolina All-America defensive end said Murray and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd were “scared.”
“I’m not worried about it,” Murray said today at SEC Media Days. “I respect the dude. He’s really an unbelievable football player.”
Murray, 0-2 against Clowney, said, “There’s a difference between fear and respect. If I’m worried about the defensive line, I’m not doing my job.”
Georgia, generally picked to finish ahead of the Gamecocks in the SEC East, plays host to South Carolina on Sept. 14.
Clowney caused a social media stir Tuesday with his criticism of Boyd and Murray, senior All-America candidates.
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 about Clowney’s tweet at a Clemson media golf outing.
“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 added that Murray was “scared.”
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