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Tajh Boyd returning to Clemson

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There’s huge news for a college football program, then there’s this.

With just one underclassman (Tennessee’s Tyler Bray) declaring thus far and a rather ho-hum class of seniors, it was thought that Tajh Boyd would have a shot at being one of the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft if he came out early.  Fortunately for Clemson, that will remain a subject of conjecture.

Following up on a Twitter promise made late Tuesday night, Boyd announced at a press conference Wednesday that he will indeed be returning to the Tigers for his redshirt senior season.  While Boyd was, at the moment, viewed as anywhere from a second- to third-round player, one school of thought was that he could improve that standing at the NFL Scouting Combine, the school’s Pro day and at various individual workouts.

Instead, Boyd will attempt to improve his draft stock by playing one more season at Clemson, entering 2013 as one of the frontrunners for the Heisman Trophy.

After redshirting as a true freshman in 2009 and playing in seven games in 2010, Boyd has been the Tigers’ starter at quarterback for the past two seasons.  In 2011 and 2012, he passed for just over 7,600 yards, completed 63.2 percent of his passes and tossed 69 touchdowns, although he also had 26 interceptions.  His 514 rushing yards were second on the team, while his 10 rushing touchdowns led the Tigers.

All told, Boyd accounted for an astounding 46 of the 66 offensive touchdowns (69.7 percent) scored by the Tigers this past season.

He’s been named first-team All-ACC each of the past two seasons, and in 2012 was named first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association.  In other words, this is kind of a big deal for a football program looking to fight its way onto the national stage and into the BCS title mix.

The Tigers’ early-entry NFL focus will now shift to DeAndre Hopkins.  The wide receiver led Clemson in receptions (82), receiving yards (1,405) and receiving touchdowns (18) this season.  The latter total was second in the country behind the 25 put up by West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey, while the yardage was fourth nationally.

It’s believed Hopkins is leaning toward a return, although no final decision has been announced.

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26 Responses to “Tajh Boyd returning to Clemson”
  1. canehouse says: Jan 9, 2013 2:56 PM

    He should have bolted to the NFL… Next years QB draftee pool is going to be.deeper. Good luck to him either way.

  2. v2the4 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:00 PM

    If Hopkins does come back, Clemson will be loaded big time on offense with Boyd, Hopkins and Sammy Watkins….Clemson does have to play Georgia in their first game, along with their ACC schedule and south carolina in columbia, but with those three back, they can continue momentum from their 11-2 season this year.

  3. choicess says: Jan 9, 2013 3:01 PM

    Honestly I thought he had a legit chance to be the first QB taken this year…he put his team back and willed his team to victory over a very stout LSU team. That gets my vote for guttiest performance of the season.

  4. blakeowen13 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:41 PM

    Good decision on his part. He will likely be the first QB taken in next years draft. See you fellas next year in the proven real Death Valley lol. Go Noles!!!

  5. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    If you’re a first round talent…. you’re dumb to come back. I’ve said it over and over.

    Not sure if Boyd was a first round guy though, so maybe coming back is a good idea. He’s for sure going to be at the top of most Heisman lists.

    With that schedule though, not sure how legitimate a NC threat the Tigers are.

  6. glmore says: Jan 9, 2013 4:15 PM

    woohoo!!!! that means clowney gets 4 sacks when they play in his bid for heisman next year!!!!!

  7. igottz5onit says: Jan 9, 2013 4:21 PM

    Sweet. Guy’s a winner.

  8. thaoption1 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:53 PM

    He’s Garbage who cares. He’ll be back home in VA living with mom and dad working for Jiffy Lube in 3years

  9. thaoption1 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:54 PM

    @choicess how DUMB and in unfootball smart could you be. 1st round really

  10. thaoption1 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:57 PM

    All of y’all who believe Boyd is a 1st round Draftee deserves to be slap the sh*t out if ASAP with Shaq hands 3x

  11. jets12 says: Jan 9, 2013 7:29 PM

    Really. A press conference to announce he is staying. Is it really that big of a news flash.

  12. classyjacklambert says: Jan 9, 2013 7:59 PM

    Wow thaoption1 must be really insecure to post three times about how bad a really talented player is with no facts or insights to back up his statements. I’m definitely not sold on Boyd in the first round but I can’t think of anyone that would be ahead of him in the quarterback position. I figure mid second round someone is gonna take a gamble on a QB. Boyd is accurate and mobile. He’s got the size and the Chick-fil-a bowl proved he can take a hit and keep on going. You’re an idiot for saying he is garbage.

  13. floridacock says: Jan 9, 2013 8:34 PM

    Guess he doesn’t want to be know as the QB that could not beat USC. Still won’t beat us. See you in Cola.

  14. classyjacklambert says: Jan 9, 2013 8:36 PM

    Stop calling South Carolina USC. It’s annoying and confusing.

  15. igottz5onit says: Jan 9, 2013 8:40 PM

    Lol I wish I could give this ^ two thumbs up.

  16. thaoption1 says: Jan 9, 2013 8:41 PM

    @ classyjackasslambert Obviously you don’t know football or don’t watch football to think highly of Boyd you must be a ACC whack ads

  17. jets12 says: Jan 9, 2013 9:02 PM

    South Carolina is USC. Stop calling yourself jacklambert. It is annoying and confusing.

  18. classyjacklambert says: Jan 9, 2013 9:26 PM

    I have literally never called myself that. It’s a screen name for posting on here and USC is in southern California. I don’t even know why South Carolina would want to steal their acronym, they should just be called the Gamecocks. No confusion there.

  19. thaoption1 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:48 PM

    @Jackasslambert shut up

  20. classyjacklambert says: Jan 10, 2013 6:43 AM

    I feel sorry for you thaoption1. You seem very pathetic. You’re mother must be very disappointed she couldn’t teach you how to write a coherent sentence let alone a valid argument to support your asinine assumptions.

  21. jets12 says: Jan 10, 2013 7:42 AM

    @classyjacklambert – No stealing of anything. It is The University of South Carolina. USC.

  22. thebigtim2012 says: Jan 10, 2013 8:40 AM

    Haven’t we been thru this enough there is only one USC and its in Columbia South Carolina a school that was formed before Cali was even a state. And as to the story tajh you should have left now clowney will destroy you. Fear the thumb Clemson. Fear the thumb

  23. thaoption1 says: Jan 10, 2013 9:33 AM

    @jackasslambert : Blah eat a fat one

  24. thaoption1 says: Jan 10, 2013 9:34 AM

    @i feel sorry for your mother for having you. You should look in the mirror

  25. thaoption1 says: Jan 10, 2013 9:39 AM

    @classyjackasslambert: I guess you were a punter or place kicker in high school or a cheerleader huh. Fruitcake

  26. scalpemseminoles says: Jan 16, 2013 4:36 PM

    i mean, prior to marcus lattimore going to south carolina nobody called the gamecocks usc that i know. you never heard a gator fan saying usc stole their coach….

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