CLEMSON -- When Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd walked in to Tuesday's press conference, it was the media's first look at the sophomore since he was carted out of Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Boyd seemed to be moving without pain and plans to play at Maryland at 7 p.m. Saturday (ESPNU).
Boyd said Tuesday afternoon he had not thrown a ball since Saturday, but he does not expect to have any problems throwing, even though the left hip is a pivot point in the throwing motion.
"I haven't thrown a ball yet," Boyd said, "but I have gone through the motions, gone through the steps, and I feel like I'll be fine."
Coach Dabo Swinney said he expected Boyd to take "every rep" in practice and said he is fine. Boyd did not practice Monday.
Boyd said if it had been his knee that turned awkwardly, and not his hip, the injury could have been significant.
"I still feel a little something here or there, but nothing too big," Boyd said. "It could have turned out a lot of ways, but fortunately it turned in our favor.'"
Boyd has taken a ribbing from his teammates regarding the manner in which he left the stadium Saturday: riding in the front seat of the medical cart.
"They are like 'the worst part of it was you got in the front seat of the golf cart, you could have at least got in the back.' They said I might as well have drove it," Boyd said. "I'll probably hear about that the rest of the time I'm here."
Thompson rising on draft boards
CBSSports.com NFL draft analyst Chad Reuter projects Clemson senior defensive tackle Brandon Thompson as a first-round pick in April. The opinion of Thompson's play is shared by Swinney, who notes the double-teams Thompson has commanded this season has opened up outside pass rushing opportunities for ends Andre Branch and Malliciah Goodman.
"If there is a guy playing better in the country than Brandon Thompson, I want to see it," Swinney said. "He is a dominant, dominant player."
Swinney said this Clemson team is "far from" the group that was favored and lost at Maryland in 2009. Swinney believes this year's team will avoid complacency. "I've been beat before where a team is just better than you," Swinney said, "but that wasn't the case in 2009 where we didn't take care of business."
Swinney supports cause
Swinney wore a pink T-shirt screen printed with the motto "Fight like a Tiger" to his Tuesday press conference in support of finding a cure for breast cancer. Members of Swinney's family, including his wife, have been touched by the disease. Swinney said a number of players on the team have mothers who are dealing with breast cancer.