HOOVER, Ala. - Jadeveon Clowney is probably the only player in college football who can get away with saying what he did at SEC media days.
The star defensive end for South Carolina, and presumed No. 1 pick in the next NFL draft, was near the end of his interview session on Tuesday, when the subject of scared quarterbacks came up. Rather than just laugh off the subject, Clowney volunteered that three quarterbacks, to his knowledge, were scared of him.
"Aaron Murray is one of them,” Clowney said.
Clowney went on to add Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Arkansas' Tyler Wilson.
Murray will get a chance to respond on Thursday, when Georgia makes its turn. Murray and Clowney have become well acquainted the last two years: Clowney's sack and forced fumble of Murray sealed Georgia's defeat in 2011, and a year later Clowney made Murray's life generally miserable in a Gamecock rout.
“You can look at a guy and tell if he’s scared," Clowney said. "If he’s staring at me before the ball is snapped, if he’s staring at me before every snap, I’m just like: Oh, we got him. I told (my teammates): He’s shook. We’ve just gotta get a couple hits on him (and) he’ll turn the ball over. Throwing before he wants to, sliding.”
Clowney was in a very candid mood. At another point, he was asked which teams would be South Carolina's main competition in the SEC East. Georgia and Florida, he answered. An alert reporter, sensing the honest mood, asked which one was the main competition.
“Probably Florida," Clowney said. "I ain’t downing Georgia, because I don’t know who they got. I just know they graduate a lot of guys off their defense. That’s why I said that. I don’t know who Florida’s got coming back or left. I just know that Georgia (lost) like nine defensive starters. So they’ve gotta put people in those spots, so it’ll be tough for them.”
Georgia hosts South Carolina on Sept. 7.