CLEMSON – Tajh Boyd is eligible for the NFL Draft after the season and he doesn’t have much left to prove at the college level.
The Clemson junior quarterback is second in the nation in passing efficiency (172), fourth in yards per attempt (9.52) and has combined for 33 touchdowns through the air and on the ground this season.
So will he stay for a potentially special senior year in 2013 at Clemson? Or will he go?
“It’s up in the air,” Boyd said. “It’s one of those deals where all you can do is control what you can and take it from there. But at the same time I don’t think there’s any place better than here.”
By the end of the season Boyd will possess most major passing records at Clemson. He will have won an ACC title. But Boyd said there are plenty of reasons to consider staying.
“Just for those guys besides me,” Boyd said. “I get a chance to talk to a lot of guys who have come and who have gone . … I talk to a lot of guys who are at the next level and they don’t even hang out with the guys because it’s all business. The games are fun but the memories you gain from the offseason and the things you go through as teammates, the fights, the arguments, it’s like a family and you won’t ever have that again.”
Boyd also thinks if he returns, Clemson could a have a chance for a special season.
“I really feel like this team is getting to the point where it’s going to become a powerhouse,” Boyd said. “I think there’s going to be opportunities to win a national championship here.”
Boyd might also consider staying because he’s not projected as a first-round prospect due to his lack of prototype size. The 6-1, 215-pound Boyd is projected as the No. 8 quarterback prospect in the 2014 class by NFLDraftscout.com.
Clemson’s defense faces its biggest passing game test since the Florida State game against N.C. State. Wolfpack quarterback Mike Glennon is second in the ACC in yards per game (291) and second in touchdown passes (22), trailing Boyd.
“He’s really smart,” Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. “He can make all the throws.”
Clemson center Dalton Freeman (3,106 career plays) needs just 26 plays to pass Landon Walker and become the all-time program leader in snaps played.
Boyd on Freeman: “He’s like a grandfather to those (other linemen).”
No looking ahead:
Students are setting up tents to on campus in their wait to purchase tickets for next week’s South Carolina-Clemson game. Still, Swinney doesn’t foresee his team lacking focus this weekend vs. N.C. State.
“This team has learned how to be consistent,” Swinney said. “This is the most important game of the season. That can be coach speak or whatever but if you don’t have that mentality you are going to get your butt beat.”