Tajh Boyd was tempted.
Tempted to the point of using his 140-character 'tweet' allowance for a few choice words of response to South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, who told reporters at the SEC's Media Day that Boyd, among others high-profile quarterbacks, was running scared of the Gamecocks' defense last season.
Then he thought better of the moment, erased the tweet, and opted for the high road, according to USA Today "more befitting of a fifth-year senior."
"I'll tell you man, honestly, there's some things I would definitely like to say but I'm just not going to entertain it," Boyd told USA Today on Wednesday.
The Tigers, Boyd knows, need to let their actions speak.
"I mean, we haven't beaten those guys in a good bit now and there's nothing else really to be said about it," Boyd said. "We just have to go out there and beat those guys, and that's really all there is to it."
Informed of Clowney's comments last evening, Dabo Swinney said, "I don't think Tajh Boyd is scared of anybody."
He went on to talk about Clowney, who Clemson made a strong run for late in the recruiting process.
"He's a great player; there's no doubt about that, and was a great player in our game against us," Swinney said. "He was disruptive and made some plays and I look forward to getting another shot at him this year."