By Will Vandervort.
By Will Vandervort
If there was ever a person who was meant to be paraded around the media at an event like the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Annual Football Kickoff, it’s Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd.
With most of the writers surrounding his table Sunday, Boyd displayed his charm, character and personality while flashing his big smile.
“Off the field, I’m killing the circuit out there, but in a good way,” Boyd said with his patented grin. “I fish, I sing, but I have not hunted, yet.”
But Boyd did sing for the media. In fact, he was requested to sing by teammate and linebacker Spencer Shuey, who also attended the event. The song? “Springsteen” by country music recording artist Eric Church.
“I might hit them up with a little preview,” Boyd said cunningly.
It wasn’t much of a preview. Let’s just say Boyd has a way better chance of winning the Heisman Trophy than a Grammy in the next five months.
But Boyd was not in Greensboro, N.C. to show off his vocal cords. Instead, he was there to talk about Clemson’s chances of not only winning the ACC, but maybe a national championship. He also fielded questions about head coach Dabo Swinney, Sammy Watkins, offensive coordinator Chad Morris and his thoughts on what South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said about Boyd being scared of him.
“I knew it was coming,” Boyd said. “Honestly, there is so much talking that goes on in college football both on and off the field. This is one of the more highly publicized things, but that is not on my focus and is not on my radar right now.
“I think that will take care of itself when we play them in November.”
Boyd, who said he has had better things to worry about this summer than what Clowney said, says he was not surprised by the Gamecock’s remarks.
“That’s just the nature of the game,” he said. “But at the same time, that is not something I would do, but sometimes it is what it is and that’s the way the world works sometimes. Again, that will all take care of itself in due time, but for right now, we have a lot of things we need to focus on as a program and there are a lot of things we should accomplish.”
Boyd says Clowney is a really good player and is one of the better defensive players in the country.
“I think that speaks for itself. He is a good player. I respect the way he plays and I respect his game. I’m looking forward to playing those guys down there at their place. That will be a fun one.”
And though Boyd respects Clowney, he made it be known that he is not afraid of him.
“I’m not afraid of anybody, honestly,” he said. “It’s not in my nature. It’s not my character. I’m a competitive guy and I will compete against whoever wants to compete. That will all take care of itself in due time.”