Originally posted on Fox Sports Carolinas  |  Last updated 7/21/13
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was recently referenced by the nightmare-inducing South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney as one of many quarterbacks who Clowney feels is afraid of him. (Clowneys quote about Boyd is here, for the record.) Boyd responded as youd expect a guy who is the team leader to respond: Im not afraid of him. Never been in my nature, never been in my character. Honestly, if Boyd -- or any quarterback, for that matter -- is scared of Clowney, then theyre just being sensible. After all, this happened. North Carolina quarterback Bryn Renner, whose Tar Heels will open their season at South Carolina, saw that play. Yeah, I think everybody in the entire world has seen that. That was an unbelievable play, Renner said. Renner is the son of a head coach, and so he has been fluent in coachspeak for most of his life. When he was asked if he woke up at night seeing Clowneys face, he said No but then adroitly changed the subject. No. Were ready for the challenge. We just look forward to embracing the opportunity, Renner said. Ive never had a chance to play against an SEC opponent, and Im looking forward to it. Oh, well done, Renner. Boyd has had to deal with this story quite a bit more, though, since Clemson and South Carolina are rivals and since Clowney specifically named him. Honestly, I mean, theres a lot of talking that goes on in college football on the field, off the field, Boyd said. This is one of the more highly-publicized things. Honestly, thats just not in my focus, its not on my radar. I think thatll take of itself when we play them in November. Renner was asked directly if he feared Clowney, and yet again, he avoided answering it. Im looking forward to lining up. Thats the biggest thing. Im a competitor and Im just looking forward to -- I think our whole team is -- just to play at South Carolina, Renner said. Its a rivalry game. Were looking forward to being the team that can hopefully go down there and compete with them. Theyre a top-10 team, so were looking to just go down there and compete. Renner pointed out that hes going to have an All-ACC left tackle (James Hurst) to protect him, and he said even his mother trusts Hurst with Renners life. But Renner also said that as a 175-pound freshman quarterback, he was practicing against the likes of Robert Quinn, Marvin Austin and Quintin Coples, a group that included two first-round draft picks and one second-round pick on the defensive line. Still, both potential All-ACC quarterbacks knew they were going to have to praise Clowney. And both of them did just that. Unbelievable player, first off. One of the most natural athletes Ive seen play on the football field, Renner said. Added Boyd: Hes a really good player. One of the better defensive players in the country, obviously. It speaks for itself. Hes just a good player. I respect the way he plays; I respect his game. Im looking forward to playing those guys down at their place. A little flattery will get you everywhere, guys. But if I were you, Id be taking your entire offensive line to dinner every night too, just to be safe.
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