Of course, both of those guys are friends with Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas, who doesn't even play South Carolina this year, but added, "I'd imagine that nobody's afraid of anybody."
Just so there's no confusion.
"No, I'm not afraid of anybody, honestly,” Boyd said. “It's never been in my nature, never been in my character. I'm a competitor. I'm going to compete against whoever wants to compete. And it'll all take care of itself in due time."
Renner gets to see Clowney first, as the Tar Heels open the season Aug. 29 at South Carolina, and Renner sounded far more in awe of his first opponent than fearful. Renner called Clowney “one of the most natural athletes” he has seen play -- and Renner has seen plenty of his first opponent: He has watched every game South Carolina played last year.
“He’s phenomenal on tape,” Renner said. “There’s no player I can compare him to as far as who I’ve played against or seen on film. He’s the best player in the country for a reason. In order to get better, you’ve got to play against better opponents and better players. That’s the mindset our team has. We’re looking forward to the opportunity.”
So is Boyd, who has yet to beat South Carolina.
"He's a really good player -- one of the better defensive players in the country,” Boyd said. “… I respect the way he plays, I respect his game. It'll be fun. We're looking forward to playing those guys down at their place. It'll be a fun one."