On Tuesday, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney added insult to the injury he already has meted out to Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd.
“I can tell Tajh Boyd is scared back there,” Clowney said during the opening day of SEC Media Days. “Sitting duck he ain’t no sitting duck, but you can see it in his eyes, he is scared of our d-line.”
Clowney, a 6-foot-6, 270-pound junior, sacked Boyd a South Carolina-record 4.5 times last season as the Gamecocks beat the Tigers 27-17 in Death Valley for their fourth straight win over Clemson. Boyd was 11-for-24 for 183 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in that game.
“He is scared every time we play them,” Clowney said. “I know he is probably listening to this right now, but I’m just telling the truth.”
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Boyd, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior, is a combined 32-of-71 for 339 yards, three interceptions and two touchdowns in three losses to South Carolina.
“You can look at a guy and tell that he is scared,” Clowney said. “If he is staring at me before the ball is snapped, and he was staring at me every play before the ball was snapped, I was just like, ‘Oh, we got him.’ I told the players, ‘He is shook right now. We just have to get a couple hits and he’s going to start turning that ball over, throwing it before he wants to, sliding.’ I was like, ‘We have to get some hits on him, get to him.’ We started getting to him and he started throwing interceptions all over the place.”
Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, who also is 0-3 against the Gamecocks, and Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson also were “scared” during their games against South Carolina last year, Clowney said.