Boyd told he'll play Saturday
CLEMSON -- Plan B, as in Boyd, will be unveiled Saturday against N.C. State.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd said he had a 30-minute meeting with Dabo Swinney on Monday, and the Clemson coach told the redshirt freshman he will play against the Wolfpack.
Boyd said Swinney offered no clear plan of when or how much he will play, but the decision suggests Clemson is now looking toward 2011.
"I think you'll see me on the field this weekend," Boyd said. "I don't know how much, but when I do, I have to take advantage of my opportunities.
"Coach (Swinney) told me he doesn't know how much or what type of setting, but he said I will (play). When I do I just want to be ready."
With Clemson falling two games behind Florida State in the Atlantic Division race and quarterback Kyle Parker declaring this is his last season, it will be interesting to see how much Boyd plays against N.C. State (noon, WCSC-TV/CBS) and how long the Tigers wait until fully committing to their quarterback of the future.
Swinney said after the Tigers' loss to Boston College on Saturday that Clemson has a starting quarterback in Parker. He also said the staff will evaluate all personnel when asked about the quarterback position. Parker threw two critical fourth-quarter interceptions at Boston College and has had his numbers decline across the board this season.
Boyd, who signed with Clemson in 2009 as a consensus top-100 recruit, said he has not practiced with the first team in recent weeks.
"I'll get some time (with the first team)," Boyd said of practice this week. "(Swinney) didn't go into detail of how much. We'll go out to practice and see what happens."
Boyd said he has not become frustrated with his lack of playing time this season despite the offense's struggles.
"It's been great for me," said Boyd, who is listed at 6-1, 230 pounds. "I believe this is probably the best thing for me as far redshirting last year and (watching) this season. It has all been crucial to my development. I learned a lot."
Swinney said Sunday that Boyd has made major strides since fall camp. Boyd said his urgency was heightened when Parker was injured during the Auburn game.
"When Kyle was hurting in the Auburn game, it gave me a whole new mindset: 'I've got to get ready,' " Boyd said. "I've (improved) knowing what my plan is … and (reading) defenses. We've seen a lot of looks this year."
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