Swinney focusing on bowl eligibility
CLEMSON -- With Kyle Parker set to focus on pro baseball after the season, if the Tigers become bowl eligible, would Clemson coach Dabo Swinney consider elevating Tajh Boyd to the No. 1 quarterback spot for December practices and the bowl game?
The short answer from Swinney: no.
The Tigers need a win against Wake Forest on Saturday or against South Carolina on Nov. 27 to become bowl eligible.
"If he gives you the best chance to win, yeah," Swinney said. "But you want to win that bowl game. It's important to win for your seniors, to win now. But you take advantage of all that (bowl practice) and try to get him as much work with the first team as you can. And you get him ready to play. That's what's great about bowl games. You only get 15 practices in spring ball. If you don't get in a bowl, you've really missed a whole spring practice. You are not just going to game plan for three weeks (in December), you are going to practice fundamentals and skills."
Swinney said Boyd will play against Wake Forest. How much he plays will be dictated by whether the Tigers can build a comfortable lead.
Boyd, a consensus top 100 recruit in 2009, is the quarterback of the future at Clemson, but has thrown only 14 passes this season.
Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said he is not planning on force-feeding playing time on true freshmen like cornerback Darius Robinson and linebacker Justin Parker. Like with Boyd, Steele said playing time is dictated by what players give Clemson the best chance to win. Development has not trumped playing for bowl eligibility.
Defensive tackle Miguel Chavis (foot), wide receiver Bryce McNeal (plantar fasciitis) and linebacker Brandon Maye (concussion) are out against Wake Forest. With McNeal out, Marquan Jones will have his reps increased. Defensive end Kourtnei Brown (ankle) is probable.