Clemson notes: Boyd jokes "my car's faster than Clowney's," Morris denies Arkansas State interest

  • Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 9:39 p.m., Updated: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:14 a.m.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney, right, chats with quarterback Tajh Boyd during NCAA college football practice at their team's indoor facility on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013, in Clemson, S.C. Clemson faces Ohio State in the Orange Bowl on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, in Miami. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer) THE GREENVILLE NEWS OUT, SENECA NEWS OUT

Tajh Boyd has heard enough hubbub in his college career to know when to laugh it off.

As Columbia's NBC-affiliated station pointed out on social media, "Is getting pulled over for driving 84 in a 70 newsworthy? Certainly not. But if the stop happens to involve Tajh Boyd and it's just a day before USC's Jadeveon Clowney gets cited for going 110 MPH, then yes."

Boyd was let off with a warning in Kershaw County for traveling 14 miles per hour over the speed limit Friday while driving on Interstate 20 by Florence. Clowney wasn't as fortunate, ticketed for going 40 over on Saturday.

Boyd made light of the coincidental situation Monday night after Clemson's bowl practice.

"I know my car's faster than Clowney's," Boyd said. "I'm telling you. If I knew it was going to be on the news, I might as well have gone 125. I wish I would have knew we were having a competition."

After laughter settled down from a cluster of reporters, Boyd added, "It was kind of a crazy deal."

Clemson linebacker Quandon Christian was in the passenger seat, and Boyd's brother T.J. was in the back seat. The policeman did recognize Boyd.

Boyd said he did see "five white Tahoes" up ahead as he was driving, noting a speed trap. Despite slowing down, he was pulled over.

Eye on the prize

In all seriousness, Boyd is not worried about himself, other seniors or potentially NFL-bound juniors losing focus during preparation for Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.

"I think there's a balance of players and coaches, that are checks and balances in itself. We rarely talk about that next level," Boyd said. "I'm sure I'll sit down with the coaches and prospective players that's leaving, and we'll figure out what the game plan is. Some of us are making preparations right now.

"But it doesn't deter what we're doing here. When we step on this practice field, it's all business. That's how we handle ourselves."

'Perfect decision'

Asked for one of the final times over the past year whether he regretted his decision to return to Clemson for his senior year, Boyd again deferred, while admitting his draft status is uncertain.

"Maybe I did lose some money. Maybe I didn't," Boyd said. "At this level, as you go through life, one of the biggest things you don't want to deal with is regret. I don't want to wonder what could have happened. I didn't leave this university with unanswered questions. So in that regard, I think I made the perfect decision."

Being Braxton

Scout-team quarterback Nick Schuessler, who impersonated South Carolina's Connor Shaw the week leading up to Clemson's regular season finale, is playing the part of Ohio State's similarly mobile quarterback, Braxton Miller.

"He's just been sitting back there throwing, but he's a pretty fast guy, too," defensive end Corey Crawford said. "He'll get out and scramble every now and then."

Staying put for now

Offensive coordinator Chad Morris told reporters post-practice he's not interested in the vacant Arkansas State head coach position, and has not yet had conversations with any school inquiring for his services.

Morris, the highest-paid assistant in college football at $1.3 million, knows his good friend Gus Malzahn went from Auburn offensive coordinator from 2009-11 to Arkansas State head coach in 2012 to Auburn head coach in 2013, leading the Tigers to a BCS national championship game berth.

Malzahn's replacement, Bryan Harsin, took the same job at Boise State on Wednesday. reported Monday that the Red Wolves were interested in Morris and other top offensive coordinators.

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