Jadeveon Clowney can flat out play.
He talks a pretty good game, as well.
Speaking Tuesday at the SEC's Media Day, South Carolina's All-America defensive end and possible Heisman Trophy candidate took a swipe at some of his most celebrated rivals, including Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Georgia's Aaron Murray.
"I can tell Tajh Boyd is scared back there," Clowney said. "He ain't no sitting duck, but you can see in his eyes that he's scared of our D-linemen.
Clowney had 4.5 sacks against Boyd last November, and the Tiger quarterback threw a pair of interceptions in South Carolina's 27-17 victory.
"We know that coming into the game that we have him shook already," Clowney said. "We get a couple hits on him and it changes the whole game. He's scared every time we play them. I know he's probably listening to this right now, but I'm just telling the truth, man."
Clowney said he saw the same reaction by Georgia's Murray, former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson, and a third SEC quarterback that he didn't name.
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"You can look at a guy and tell that he's scared," Clowney said. "If he's staring at me before the ball is snapped and he's starring at me every play before the ball is snapped, oh we got him. I tell the players that he's shook."
Informed of Clowney's comments midway through his summer media conference Tuesday evening at The Reserve, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney responded, measuring his words carefully.
"I don't think Tajh Boyd is scared of anybody," Swinney stated.
He then described Clowney as "a great player - there's no doubt about that."
"He was a great player in our game," Swinney said. "He was disruptive and he made some plays. I look forward to getting another shot at him this year."
Earlier in the afternoon, Swinney dismissed talk of a Boyd-Clowney duel for the Heisman Trophy.
“You get into the summer, nobody has anything to talk about," Swinney said. "Then you get magazine season, all that stuff comes out and they’ve said this guy’s this, this guy’s that, this team’s that. That stuff is so irrelevant. You’ve heard me say it so many times – let’s talk about it in November.
"Some radio show asked me a question, why I thought Tajh Boyd should win the Heisman over Clowney. I was like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’ That could be a fun conversation in November, because then it could be based on performance and not speculation.”
“Just making a point to the team, what you’ve done in the past, that could be fun to speculate. We all think LeBron (James) should be a good player next year. It’s easy to speculate that but he’s got to go do it...You can’t just show up and say, ‘I’m Tajh Boyd, I threw more touchdowns than anybody last year, let’s go.’ You have to grind and have that blue-collar work ethic every day.”