DULUTH — Mark Richt isn’t scared to throw accolades at South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
The Georgia football coach was asked Monday night at the “UGA Day” event at the Gwinnett Center if Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel or Clowney is harder to game plan against.
He said Manziel, the Texas A&M quarterback, but added “I would say that Clowney is the best football player in the world, though. Seriously, I think he might be the very best player who exists today at any level.”
The reason it might be easier to game plan for Clowney “because you pretty much know where Clowney’s going to line up so you can scheme him probably easier than you can scheme Johnny because Johnny Football you don’t know where he’s going to go. Defend everything and then all of a sudden he takes off.”
Richt’s comment took off on Twitter, mainly because it was picked up by ESPN’s SportCenter account.
Georgia plays South Carolina in Week 2 this season in Athens.
Clowney said at SEC Media Days that Aaron Murray was among SEC quarterbacks who were “scared” of him. Murray denied that, saying he respected Clowney.
If Clowney played against Alabama by himself, how much would Clowney be favored by?
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) July 30, 2013
"I think he might be the very best player to exist today, at any level." - Georgia coach Mark Richt on Jadeveon Clowney
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 30, 2013
Somebody needs to remind Mark Richt that the NFL is a man's league. Clowney is good, but come on, Richt?
— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) July 30, 2013
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