That was the narrative behind an ESPN feature that played off the South Carolina star defensive end saying at Southeastern Conference Media Days that the Georgia senior was one of several quarterbacks who were “scared” of him.
“Someone sent that to me, of course,” Murray said. “Probably a South Carolina fan tweeted me the video.”
The actor who wore the quarterback’s No. 11 jersey looked at least 10 years older than Murray.
“The only thing they did was try to simulate my hair,” Murray said. “Other than that, it wasn’t even close to looking like me.”
Clowney, the unanimous All-American as a sophomore, finished without a sack or tackle for loss in the opener against North Carolina. He had three tackles and often looked gassed.
“Jadeveon, obviously he was pooped,” said South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier.
Georgia coaches said Clowney got tired because he played hard.
“I think he was playing so hard early in that game that he was trying to win the Heisman in the first 25 snaps,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “He got a little bit tired and it was extremely hot that night.”
Clowney and his defensive mates have given Georgia’s offensive line all kinds of fits in his two games against the Bulldogs; both Gamecocks wins.
“I’m just going to treat it like I do every other game,” said Georgia left tackle Kenarious Gates. The North Carolina game showed that Clowney may be more than a handful most times, but he’s also human.”
He may not be stopped but it is possible to minimize the damage.
Just ask three senior offensive tackles who may have had the best success in containing Clowney: Michigan’s Taylor Lewan, Tennessee’s Antonio “Tiny” Richardson and North Carolina’s Hurst. Lewan is on several first-team preseason All-American lists and Hurst and Richardson were named second-team All-Americans.
Clowney combined for one sack against the three of them in games played since Georgia last saw the Gamecocks last October.