CLEMSON — Tajh Boyd for Heisman?
Clemson coaches didn’t go as far as to launch a late-season Heisman campaign for their junior quarterback today but the Clemson offensive staff feels Boyd has not received the national recognition he deserves this season.
Statistics back their position.
Boyd is second in the nation in passing efficiency rating (172), he is fourth in passing yards per attempt (9.5 yards) and he’s combined for 33 touchdowns through the air and on the ground.
His numbers are ahead of where they were a year ago when Boyd did receive some Heisman buzz during Clemson’s 8-0 start. The difference is No. 11 Clemson (9-1, 6-1 ACC) sustained an early-season loss this year.
Said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney of the general lack of national talk regarding his QB: “It just blows my mind. I don’t see anyone in the country better than Tajh Boyd. You need to print that in big bold letters. He’s gotten better and better and better. Doing things that are off the charts.”
Boyd has improved his completion percentage from 59.7 last season to 68 to season. His yards per attempt have improved from 7.6 to 9.5.
Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris said Boyd deserves to be in the conversation of the best players in the country.
“When you start looking at his passing efficiency, the yards he’s thrown for, the touchdowns he’s thrown for, (the lack of talk) surprises me,” Morris said. “We wouldn’t be in the situation we are in without him.”
Morris celebrates A & M’s upset:
Morris was quite pleased with Texas A &M’s victory over Alabama on Saturday. For one, Alabama coach Nick Saban attacked up-tempo offensive philosophies earlier this year, wondering aloud if they were good for the game. Moreover, the native Texan, Morris, graduated from Texas A & M.
“It was a good day at the Morris household,” Morris said.
More on Nkemdiche:
Top defensive line prospect Montravius Adams — who is considering Clemson — talked to Tigerillustrated.com about Robert Nkemdiche’s decommittment: “Swinney said (Nkemdiche) wanted to go on other visits and if he wanted to do that he’d have to de-commit to do that.”
Watson says focus is elementary:
Don’t count on Josh Watson overlooking N.C. State.
“(N.C. State) threw us around like rag dolls (last season),” Watson said.
More man to man:
Morris said N.C. State is playing even more man coverage than it did last season. N.C. State has an NFL prospect at corner in David Amerson, who has been beat downfield more often this year. Clemson strafed man coverage against Duke and Wake Forest.
Clemson receiver Martavis Bryant is averaging 27.2 yards per catch for his career.
“We all know what kind of talent he is,” Morris said. “He’s probably the fastest player on the team. That with his size, he’s a specimen. He’s gaining confidence.”