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Aaron Murray says he’s looking forward to facing Jadeveon Clowney, really

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Aaron Murray‘s 2013 debut was not necessarily bad, but a loss on the road against Clemson has the Georgia Bulldogs off to a sour start to the new college football season. Despite not throwing a touchdown against the Tigers last Saturday night and being sacked four times, Murray says it is easy to turn the page with a pivotal SEC game staring them down in the home opener in Athens this week.

“It’s tough, especially a game like that,” Murray told Dan Patrick n The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday. “I think the great thing is having a game like South Carolina this upcoming weekend we’re almost forced ┬áto push that game behind us and get ready for another big game, an SEC game and our first home game.”

Asked if that meant he is actually looking forward to facing Jadeveon Clowney, Murray laughed and confirmed that idea, although it is more likely he is looking more forward at a chance for redemption on the field. The Gamecocks have won three straight meetings with Georgia and the pressure has been rising on Georgia to get past the Gamecocks, in addition to claiming an SEC title and make a run for the BCS. A loss at home to South Carolina this weekend could pretty much eliminate Georgia from BCS consideration later in the year, although it is still early in the season.

Clowney, like Murray, may not have had the most spectacular of 2013 debuts, but he will be another player looking to come back strong in week two. Clowney made some statements about a handful of quarterbacks in the off-season, including Murray. The Gamecocks defensive star said Murray was scared of him. Murray has denied that statement already, but recognizes Clowney as a dominant player that will be lining up across the field from him on Saturday.

“He’s an extremely talented pass rusher, extremely talented against the run,” Murray said of Clowney. “Physically, there’s not many guys like him walking down the street that’s for sure.”

For sure Aaron. For sure.

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9 Responses to “Aaron Murray says he’s looking forward to facing Jadeveon Clowney, really”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Sep 4, 2013 6:17 PM

    Well Clowney didn’t exactly light it up against Carolina, so he hasn’t shown much to be frightened of so far. This probably means one of two things; either he was unmotivated against Carolina and now has something to prove and Murray should be really shaking in his cleats, or that Clowney is complacent/cautious and isn’t gonna risk his NFL career going after college QBs. Or maybe he just had a bad game. Any way you slice it, I wouldn’t poke the bear if I was Murray.

  2. wabbitslayer says: Sep 4, 2013 7:10 PM

    Great. Not only did everybody else get banged up last Saturday, now we find out Murray apparently took a head shot. Clowney’s performance last weekend was a Spurrier smokescreen.

  3. be4bama says: Sep 4, 2013 7:39 PM

    Clowney plays for USC, jack. They played Clemson.

  4. be4bama says: Sep 4, 2013 7:40 PM

    Maybe I shouldn’t of had that second glass of wine. I meant to say USC played UNC

  5. normtide says: Sep 4, 2013 8:21 PM

    The fact is, a great DE can be game planned around to some degree. Worry about that entire defense.

  6. longtallsam says: Sep 4, 2013 8:53 PM

    Classyjack was just referring to UNC as Carolina. Those Tarheels are just egotistical enough to think they are the only Carolina. They may get away with that in basketball season, but it’s a totally different story in the fall.

  7. birdcen says: Sep 4, 2013 10:51 PM

    Kevin…where does Murray say he’s looking forward to facing Clowney?? Nice title…classic!

  8. classyjacklambert says: Sep 4, 2013 11:09 PM

    Sorry about the confusion, I should have said Clowney had a mediocre game against North Carolina. Honestly it was confusing as heck hearing the ESPN radio announcers refer to UNC as “Carolina” the whole game and the Gamecocks as “South Carolina” the whole game. It should’ve been the Gamecocks and the Tarheels to better differentiate the teams.

  9. nowillrepeat says: Sep 5, 2013 10:18 AM

    The real “Carolina” is the team wearing the name on its chest.

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