Tajh Boyd’s dad wants son to stay for senior season; Clemson QB: I’d have to be top tier pick to depart
CLEMSON - Tajh Boyd’s father, Tim, told the Post and Courier on Wednesday he wants his son to stay for his senior year - unless he has an early-round NFL draft grade.
“I feel like any college quarterback should do three years (starting) before they come out,” Tim Boyd said. “Doing two years, I feel like you are doing yourself an injustice. When it’s over, it’s over. You do don’t want to leave with regrets.
“I feel like Tajh still has a lot to prove.”
Tim Boyd said if Clemson had a lack of skill players or a porous offensive line returning he might have a different stance. But Clemson will return many of its offensive starters.
Tajh Boyd told the Post and Courier this week he would have to be projected as an early-round pick to forego his senior season.
“I’d have to be in the top tier with the way the whole way economics have changed,” Boyd said.
Despite posting record numbers, Boyd is projected by many draft analysts as a mid- to late-round prospect because he lacks ideal height (6-1) for an NFL quarterback.
Another thing working in Clemson’s favor is NFL rookie contracts have been significantly reduced in the new collective bargaining agreement.
Former N.C. State quarterback Russell Wilson is similar to Boyd in that he had a prolific college career but is undersized. Wilson was selected in the third round of last year’s draft and signed a four-year, $2.9 million deal, though only $619,000 of the contract was guaranteed.
Boyd is invested in the program and has spoken to quarterbacks who have turned pro that have advised him that a senior season with a potentially top-ranked team is a special opportunity.
Clemson still committed:
Clemson board of trustees chairman David Wilkins told the Post and Courier that he believes the ACC’s football-first schools are still committed to the ACC.
Why does he believe this?
“Because of conversations (Clemson president) Jim Barker has had with their presidents,” Wilkins said.
Wilkins said to his “knowledge” Clemson has never been approached by the Big XII.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said cornerback Bashaud Breeland (groin) will not play versus South Carolina on Saturday. The Clemson secondary lost fellow starting cornerback, Darius Robinson, earlier this year. Clemson is thin at the position and will start Xavier Brewer and Garry Peters who gave up several long gains against N.C. State.
South Carolina D is different – but still good:
Philosophically, South Carolina is blitzing less - in part because the front four has been so effective - but playing more aggressive man coverage under new defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward.
“They have a different identity,” Clemson OC Chad Morris said. “They’ll play a safety extremely deep and try not to let anything get deep and play extremely physical on the edge. They feel like they can play the run with the guys they have up front.”