Clowney says Clemson's Boyd is afraid of him

HOOVER, Ala.(WACH) - Jadeveon Clowney was cool and confident in front of hundreds of cameras and reporters Tuesday at SEC Media Days, and it showed when he took a shot at rival Clemson.

Clowney said Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and three SEC quarterbacks were afraid to face him and the South Carolina defensive front.

"I can tell Tajh Boyd is scared back there," said Clowney. "We get a couple hits on him and it changes the whole game. He's scared every time we play them. I know he's probably listening to this right now, but, I'm just telling the truth."

Clowney tallied a career-high 4.5 sacks against the Tigers in last season's 27-17 win over Clemson in Death Valley. Boyd, the ACC player of the year, was sacked a total of six times and threw two interceptions in the game.

South Carolina's star defensive end also said Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, former Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson and a third unnamed Southeastern Conference quarterback also got skiddish when he was on the other side of the ball.

Clowney says he also has plans for last season's Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel, if the Gamecocks end up facing Texas A & M in the SEC Championship game.

When a reporter asked if he could catch Manziel, Clowney laughed, said he would go straight at him in open space, catch him and "try to hit him in the mouth."

Clowney finished sixth in the Heisman trophy voting last season and is considered a strong contender in 2013. He downplayed his interest in winning the award, saying he's more interested in a championship.

Clowney would be the first pure defensive player to win college football's most coveted award should he haul in the hardware in December.

The All-American has been named to the watch lists for this year's Lombardi, Nagurski, Maxwell and Bednarik awards.