SEC Media Days are really the first opportunity for coaches and star players for each of the 14 schools in attendance to ruffle some feathers prior to the season. South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney took full advantage of that opportunity.
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound monstrous Gamecock puffed out his chest (metaphorically, you get it) and called out Clemson’s Tajh Boyd, Georgia’s Aaron Murray, and former Razorback Tyler Wilson by name. Clowney said he could see the fear in their eyes when they’ve squared off against his team.
Obviously, the sports world took Clowney’s words and ran with them. However, the aggression stopped with Clowney. Boyd, primed to lead his Tigers past the SEC and to a national title, responded with a Bible verse.
On Thursday, the final of the three-day SEC Media Day event, the very first question tossed Murray’s way was regarding Clowney’s bold words, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
“Oh, here we go. Let’s just get this knocked out of the way. You know, I think the word ‘fear’ was misused for ‘respect.’ I definitely have a lot of respect for him. He’s definitely one of, if not the best, player in the country. He’s a very talented player, a guy you definitely have to gameplan for and set a plan for him. Definitely not scared but respect for what he’s able to do on the field.”
Well, just like Boyd, Murray chose to nip Clowney’s statement in the bud rather than escalate the media-driven mayhem.
Too bad. While Media Days have been a fun taste of the season yet to come, it looks like we’re going to have to wait for exactly that – the season – before this war of words is finally resolved.