SEC

Georgia coach isn’t running scared from Jadeveon Clowney

Updated: 2013-07-18T18:45:58Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

— Not surprisingly, Georgia coach Mark Richt was asked Thursday about South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney’s recent comment that three quarterbacks — Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, Clemson’s Tahj Boyd and yes, Georgia’s Aaron Murray — seemed to be scared of him last year.

“I don’t know about those guys in particular,” Richt said, “but I would think some guys are scared of him. I’d be scared of him if I was in the game (and) this guy was coming after me.”

Clowney, a junior who had 13 sacks last season, has been a center of attention at SEC Media Days, largely because of his freakish size (6 feet 6 and 272 pounds), athletic ability and production. Some might consider his latest comments to be fighting words, but Richt — who said he has had a chance to spend some time with Clowney — said the future pro is “great kid.”

“I got to know him a little bit traveling with Jarvis Jones last year at some of the big events, awards ceremonies, things of that nature,” Richt said. “I think he’s having fun. I’m sure he said it, you know, while he was smiling and grinning. I think we need to let guys have fun once in a while and not make a big deal about it.”

To reach Terez A. Paylor, send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com or call 816-234-4489. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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