GREENSBORO, N.C. – Tajh Boyd said he “knew it was coming,” questions from reporters at ACC Football Kickoff asking him to respond to Jadeveon Clowney.
“Honestly, there’s a lot of talk that goes on, on and off the field,” Boyd said Sunday at the Grandover Resort. “But that will take care of itself in November.”
South Carolina’s All-America defensive end caused a social media stir Tuesday at SEC Media Days when he said three quarterbacks he faced in 2012 – Boyd, Georgia’s Aaron Murray and departed Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson – played “scared.”
Asked about Boyd, Clowney said, “He’s scared every time we play them. He knows he’s scared.”
Boyd said Clowney is “a good player, obviously one of the best in the country. I respect the way he plays.”
But, Boyd said, “I’m not afraid of (Clowney). It’s never been in my nature.”
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.”
Murray got his chance to respond to Clowney Thursday.
“I’m not worried about it,” Murray said 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.”
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