2017 NFL Draft

Tajh Boyd, QB

School: Clemson  |  Conference: ACC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Hampton, VA
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 222 lbs.
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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Jets' picks: Round 6/213 -- Tajh Boyd, QB, 6-1, 222, Clemson...The Jets continued to fortify depth at previously weak positions by selecting Boyd, who was one of the most decorated draft-eligible quarterbacks after going 37-8 at Clemson and throwing for 11,904 yards and 107 touchdowns. Accuracy is an issue for Boyd, but he should have no trouble supplanting Matt Simms as the Jets' No. 3 quarterback. - The Sports Xchange

05/08/2014 - Quarterback Tajh Boyd's NFL stock rose for most of his final two seasons at Clemson, and he believes it will be again when the draft starts Thursday night. Boyd feels he will once again surprise those critical of his spread-offense success and failure to win some of Clemson's biggest games. The QB was a likely first-rounder and one of the most talked-to players in college football with the Tigers, until falling from the spotlight with his team's mid-October 51-14 drubbing by Florida State. Despite the drop off, Boyd thinks he'll be selected by the third round. Most projections include him with a group of second-tier passers, many who'll be available Saturday when teams finish with rounds four through seven. "The feedback I'm getting is a lot different than the feedback that's out there," Boyd said. Boyd said he's done enough in his college career to show he belongs in the NFL - and is certain there's a team out there who agrees. - AP Sports

05/06/2014 - 2014 NFL Draft Quarterbacks: Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 6-1, 222, 4.84...Boyd is an unusual prospect whose production (107 career touchdown passes) is devalued by exclusive use of run-option offense and all that great talent that surrounded him. Well-liked by everyone, although teammates hung nickname "Fat Boy" on him for his constant battle to keep weight down. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

01/25/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl, Missed Opportunity: Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson - Despite media reports to the contrary, Boyd's inaccuracy throughout the week of practice and game itself has his stock slipping. He possesses plenty of arm strength but was erratic, spraying the ball over the field. An ugly interception early in the Senior Bowl set the tone for a disappointing performance from the North Team's offense, as a whole. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: Another mixed bag from the North QBs on Tuesday...After an inconsistent practice on Monday, NFL scouts and coaches were eager to see the North quarterbacks on Tuesday, especially with a strong wind swirling around Ladd-Peebles Stadium. But unfortunately it was another inconsistent practice for Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas, Clemson QB Tajh Boyd and Miami (Fla.) QB Stephen Morris. Boyd continues to be unimpressive, largely because of his accuracy issues. He slings the ball from wild arm angles and sometimes the ball would arrive on time and hit the receiver in the hands, but there were too many other passes that were off the mark and really caused the intended target to do most of the work. If you isolated Tuesday's highlight throws from Thomas, Boyd and Morris, you would have three potential first round picks. But once you add the negative passes and lowlights from the practice, you're left with three physically gifted players who are wildly inconsistent throwing the football. There is still work to be done on these players, but it's hard not to be discouraged by this week's results so far. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/21/2014 - 2014 Senior Bowl: 10 observations from Monday's North practice...2. I feel for the wide receivers on the North team due to the inconsistency from all three quarterbacks on the roster. Miami QB Stephen Morris, Virginia Tech QB Logan Thomas and Clemson QB Tajh Boyd were all inconsistent on day one, which was almost expected after the up-and-down senior seasons of all three. Boyd in particular struggled with accuracy and his ball placement is a strong concern. Thomas threw a few pretty passes that hit receivers between the numbers, but other fastballs hit the ground or sailed over his intended target. The good news for this group? The only place to go from here is up. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/03/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Tajh Boyd dictates Clemson's success, much as does Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. After a sub-par performance in a regular-season ending loss at South Carolina, Boyd would like nothing more than to cap his record-setting career with a strong showing on a national stage. The Orange Bowl will present that opportunity, and a youthful Buckeye secondary that ranks 102nd nationally in pass defense may help him capitalize. - The Sports Xchange

12/13/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB-Tajh Boyd, Sr.-R, Clemson (27)...This is the third consecutive year Boyd has made first or second-team All-ACC. He is the first quarterback in school history to be named All-ACC three times. So far this year Boyd has completed 252-373 passes for 3473 yards and 29 touchdowns.

He ranks first in the ACC in total offense with 312.2 yards per game and is second in passing efficiency, passing yards per game and touchdown passes. He is the ACC's career leader in touchdown passes (102) and touchdown responsibility (127). Boyd was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Award and is a finalist for the Manning Award, which will be presented to the top quarterback in the nation after the bowl games. - Clemson football

12/04/2013 - 2013 ALL-ACC SECOND TEAM (MEDIA): QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson, 6-1, 225, Sr.-R, Hampton, Va. (132)...This is the third consecutive year Boyd has made first or second-team All-ACC. He is the first quarterback in school history to be named All-ACC three times. So far this year Boyd has completed 252-373 passes for 3473 yards and 29 touchdowns. He ranks first in the ACC in total offense with 312.2 yards per game and is second in passing efficiency, passing yards per game and touchdown passes. He is the ACC's career leader in touchdown passes (102) and touchdown responsibility (127). - Clemson football

11/29/2013 - WEEK 13 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Tajh Boyd, Clemson, threw for five touchdowns and 288 yards in the final home game of his career as the No. 7 Tigers beat The Citadel 52-6. - AP Sports

11/23/2013 - Tajh Boyd threw for five touchdowns and 288 yards in the final home game of his career as No. 7 Clemson beat The Citadel 52-6 on Saturday. The game was more of a celebration than a contest for the Tigers (10-1), who now have not lost in 28 games against Football Championship Subdivision opponents. Clemson didn't score on its first possession, but made it to the end zone the next five times it touched the ball. Boyd had touchdown passes of 8, 9, 19, 24 and 30 yards. He ended the game with 102 passing TDs in his career and tied the Tigers record of five passing TDs in a game for the sixth time. Three times Boyd has thrown for five scores in the first half.

Clemson outgained The Citadel (5-7) 558 yards to 172 yards. Boyd was part of coach Dabo Swinney's first recruiting class dubbed the ''Dandy Dozen'' that have brought the Tigers back to national prominence. On senior day, the Death Valley crowd showered them with cheers. Then Clemson cranked up its high-powered offense against an outmanned Citadel team, scoring over 50 points for the third game in a row - the first time that has been done in the school's history. - AP Sports

11/23/2013 - Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd bowed out in style in the final home game of his career Saturday, passing for 288 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Tigers to a 52-6 romp over The Citadel Bulldogs. Boyd completed touchdown passes to five different receivers in the first half as Clemson bolted to a 42-0 lead and coasted from there. Boyd left the game to a thunderous ovation from Clemson fans during a timeout with 1:39 left in the third quarter.

The senior completed 21 of 28 passes and pushed his career passing touchdown total to 102, becoming the 18th quarterback in FBS history to surpass the century mark. In a fitting tribute on Clemson's Military Appreciation Day at Memorial Stadium, receiver Daniel Rodriguez scored his first career touchdown on a 2-yard shovel pass with 14:10 remaining in the game. Rodriguez, a redshirt sophomore, is a Purple Heart recipient who fought for the United States in Afghanistan. - The Sports Xchange

11/15/2013 - Senior quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns Thursday night to power No. 8 Clemson to a 55-31 victory over Georgia Tech in an Atlantic Coast Conference game at Memorial Stadium. The Tigers improved to 9-1 overall, 7-1 in the ACC, but it was Boyd's health that was the primary concern in the game's aftermath. Boyd, who became the ACC's all-time leader in touchdown passes during the first half, left the game with a collarbone injury on the final play of the third quarter and did not return.

Clemson, playing in its first home Thursday night game since 2002, posted its highest point total in a game against Georgia Tech since a 73-0 win under coach John Heisman in 1903. Then victory enhanced Clemson's hopes for a BCS bowl berth and kept alive its chance to post back-to-back 11-win seasons for the first time in school history. The Tigers close out the regular season with games against two in-state opponents -- The Citadel on Nov. 23 and South Carolina on Nov. 30. - The Sports Xchange

11/04/2013 - WEEK 10 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Tajh Boyd, Clemson, Sr.-R, QB, 6-1, 225, Hampton, Va.,...Boyd completed 24 of 29 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns to lead Clemson to a 59-10 win at Virginia. He finished the day with an efficiency rating of 219.1 while averaging 13 yards per pass attempt and playing just the first 34 minutes of the game. He completed two scoring passes to Sammy Watkins, one a 96-yarder on his last pass of the day, that gave Clemson a 42-7 lead in the third period. Boyd established the ACC career touchdown responsibility record with his three passing and one rushing touchdowns in Saturday's game. He now has had a hand in 116 career touchdowns (93 passing and 23 rushing). - ACC football

11/04/2013 - WEEK 10 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Tajh Boyd, Clemson, threw for 377 yards and three TDs and ran for another score in the No. 9 Tigers' 59-10 victory over Virginia. - AP Sports

11/02/2013 - Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd remained unbeaten against teams from his home state in a big way on Saturday, passing for 377 yards and three touchdowns as the eighth-ranked Tigers rolled to a 59-10 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Virginia. Boyd connected on 22-of-27 passes for 278 yards in the first half as the Tigers bolted to a 35-7 lead, and coasted from there in front of 46,959 fans at Scott Stadium. Boyd, who also had a one-yard touchdown run, capped his day by lobbing a 96-yard touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins on the Tigers' third play from scrimmage in the third quarter.

That play -- the second-longest from scrimmage in Clemson history -- gave Watkins eight catches for 169 yards. Watkins has 22 catches for 332 yards over his last two games and has five 100-yard games in his last five. Clemson improved to 8-1 overall and 6-1 in the ACC, while Virginia, which lost its fifth consecutive game, slipped to 2-7, 0-5. The Tigers, who have a bye before hosting Georgia Tech in a Nov. 14 Thursday night game, won their eighth consecutive road game, the third-longest streak in school history. - The Sports Xchange

10/23/2013 - Clemson's Boyd denies gambling rumor...Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd laughed off an Internet rumor that he accumulated thousands of dollars in NFL gambling debts and old reporters on Tuesday that there is no truth to it. "I don't really know where that came from," Boyd said. "When I heard it, it was pretty shocking. That being built on top of the loss made it a rough little weekend."

Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich had the athletic department's compliance office check out the rumor over the weekend and found nothing. "That just added to my beautiful Sunday," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "I spoke to Tajh about it, and he just shook his head. So I have no reason to not believe Tajh Boyd. That is the only comment there is. "It's disappointing that we live in this world where things like that happen. I have no reason to think that he lied to me. He's never lied to me before. Obviously, it would be a major problem if you have somebody lying to you about something like that. You'd have to move on in a different direction. It's that simple. "I have no reason not to trust (Boyd) -- absolutely. No question, his integrity is impeccable."

Boyd's mother told TheClemsonInsider.com that the family was considering legal action against the rumor's originator. "These reports are totally false," Carla Boyd said. "Please leave my son alone." The Tigers were left reeling after a 51-14 loss at home on Saturday night to Florida State in an ACC showdown of unbeaten and top-five teams. Boyd threw two interceptions, lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown by the Seminoles and completed only 17 of 37 passes for 156 yards. - The Sports Xchange

10/22/2013 - 2014 NFL DRAFT WEEK 8 STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson...Although he hasn't been terrible this year, Boyd needed a big performance on the big stage Saturday night against Florida State to rescue his mediocre senior season thus far. However, he was thoroughly and completely out-played by redshirt freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who looked more like a senior than Boyd in this contest. Boyd's confidence appeared to be shaken from the start as Clemson sputtered on offense and turned it over twice in the first quarter, including a fumble by Boyd after he underestimated the speed of a blitzing Joyner off the edge.

Like his other games this season, his accuracy was very up-and-down, which is a direct result of his inconsistent base and feet, causing his ball placement to aggressively waver. Boyd tries to "arm" too many throws and often gets caught leading defenders to the target with his eyes, something he did against the Seminoles which led to an interception. Although he entered this season as the top senior quarterback for many, he has looked like anything but a first round prospect as a senior. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

10/12/2013 - Tajh Boyd threw for a touchdown and ran for another as No. 3 Clemson rallied from a 7-3 halftime deficit to hold off upset-minded Boston College 24-14 Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. Clemson's high-scoring offense struggled for much of the day, but Boyd came up big late and got an assist from his defense as the Tigers remained unbeaten, improving to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in league play heading into next week's Atlantic Coast Conference showdown against unbeaten and No. 6 Florida State at Clemson. But nothing came easy for Clemson on Saturday.

Boston College (3-3, 1-2) pulled ahead 7-0 on a 38-yard run by Myles Willis on the third play of the second quarter. Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who missed a 25-yard field attempt and was victimized by a bad snap and hold on another, finally connected on the final play of the first half -- from 35 yards out -- to cut the Eagles' lead to 7-3. Clemson gained its first lead of the game with 6:59 remaining in the third quarter when Boyd connected with Sammy Watkins for a 48-yard touchdown, but the Tigers' advantage was short-lived. - The Sports Xchange

10/08/2013 - Boyd ups NFL Draft stock with 5 TDs, career-high 455 yards vs. Syracuse...With less than a minute remaining in a third quarter dominated by Syracuse, Boyd erased any hopes of a comeback by unleashing a beautiful deep ball to star wideout Sammy Watkins for a 91-yard touchdown. The throw came with pressure in Boyd's face and the Clemson quarterback hurling the ball from approximately his own 1-yard line to perfectly hit Watkins in stride at midfield. It was the kind of throw that can turn Heisman voters and NFL general manager from skeptics to believers. Boyd's impressive day comes on the heels of a Heisman-worthy performance yet again by Florida State's Jameis Watson. Florida State travels to Clemson on Oct . 19 in a game with obvious national championship, Heisman Trophy and NFL draft implications. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/08/2013 - Boyd ups NFL Draft stock with 5 TDs, career-high 455 yards vs. Syracuse...Boyd's third score -- a wheel route to H-back Stanton Steckinger -- required a tighter trajectory and velocity to fit between two Clemson defenders to give Clemson a commanding 28-7 lead with 9:49 left in the first half. Boyd was back to showing off his touch on his fourth score of the first half. Taking the snap out of shotgun, he dropped and fired quickly down the left sideline, where Martavis Bryant had slipped free for another 40-yard score.

While the Tigers held a commanding 35-7 lead, the Orangemen seemed to take back momentum late in the second quarter when Boyd made an uncharacteristic poor throw deep down the middle late and was intercepted. The Orange scored to narrow the gap, and over the next several drives the Syracuse pass rush began to break through Clemson's offensive line. Boyd was sacked four times over the next quarter and was hurried often. He was intercepted a second time, in fact, midway through the third quarter after being chased out of the pocket. His pass, a little inside of Seckinger, was tipped and impressively picked off by the Orange's Ritchy Desir. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/08/2013 - Boyd ups NFL Draft stock with 5 TDs, career-high 455 yards vs. Syracuse...Louisville junior Teddy Bridgewater is considered the top quarterback prospect potentially eligible for the 2014 NFL draft. The excitement surrounding him is matched perhaps only by the audible buzz growing around a redshirt sophomore class of UCLA's Brett Hundley, Oregon's Marcus Mariota and Stanford's Kevin Hogan. All of the hype surrounding the underclassmen, however, has robbed Clemson's Tajh Boyd of the spotlight that usually comes as the top senior quarterback prospect in the country. As the star of the nation's No. 3 team, Boyd has earned plenty of hype as a Heisman Trophy candidate. At this point, some consider him the the favorite. Other seniors -- Georgia's Aaron Murray, LSU's Zach Mettenberger, Alabama's AJ McCarron, Miami's Stephen Morris and even Fresno State's Derek Carr -- have generated every bit the NFL draft buzz as Boyd over the first month.

Based on their similar size, dual-threat capabilities and poise under pressure, Boyd is drawing comparisons to Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. In a 49-14 win the road against a plucky Syracuse squad, Boyd consistently stuck NFL-caliber throws, showing the form to earn a significantly higher selection in the 2014 draft than No. 75, where the Seahawks nabbed Wilson two years ago. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/08/2013 - Boyd ups NFL Draft stock with 5 TDs, career-high 455 yards vs. Syracuse...The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Boyd completed 20 of 27 passes for a career-high 455 yards and five touchdowns in a little more than three quarters Saturday. His touchdown passes went for distances of 60, 42, 17, 40 and 91 yards and were varied, with some requiring velocity and others great touch. In each case, Boyd's touchdown strikes were pinpoint accurate, as we break down his first four scores: Boyd's first touchdown toss was a relatively easy one. Boyd drew in the Syracuse defense with an effective play-action fake before settling and firing a bomb approximately 40 yards down the right seam to a wide-open Adam Humphries for an uncontested score.

What made the play impressive, however, was the timing. The scoring strike came only 30 seconds into the game, instantly silencing the Syracuse crowd. The Orangemen did a better job of covering Humphries on Boyd's second touchdown pass of the first quarter, but a missed tackle at the 5-yard line, allowed the junior wideout to spin his way into the end zone. Boyd's pass again came off of play-action and was placed over his receiver's left shoulder, allowing him to drift to the right, away from the defender. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/08/2013 - WEEK 6 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Tajh Boyd, Clemson, kept his Heisman Trophy aspirations intact by throwing for a school-record 455 yards and a record-tying five TDs in three quarters of work to lead the No. 3 Tigers over Syracuse 49-14. - AP Sports

10/07/2013 - WEEK 6 ACC OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Tajh Boyd, Sr.-R QB, Clemson, 6-1, 225, Hampton, Va.,...Boyd completed 20-of-27 passes for 455 yards and five touchdowns in Clemson's win over Syracuse. Boyd had a passing efficiency mark of 261.1, the best in the nation this year given a minimum of 20 attempts. Boyd threw for five touchdowns totaling 250 yards, the most single-game yards on scoring passes in Clemson history.

He had a 60-yard scoring pass to Adam Humphries, a 42-yarder to Humphries, a 40-yarder to Martavis Bryant and a 17-yarder to Stanton Seckinger in the first half. He then threw a 91-yard scoring pass to Sammy Watkins in the third period to put the game away. That was the second longest play from scrimmage in Clemson history. Boyd became the third player in ACC history to go over 10,000 yards in total offense with the performance. It was his 26th win as a Clemson quarterback, placing him second in school history. - ACC football

10/06/2013 - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney seems to have it down pat: find a way to befuddle defenses and then let quarterback Tajh Boyd do the rest. Coach and star player were on the same wavelength again on Saturday. With his talented receiving corps repeatedly running alone in space, Boyd threw for 455 yards and five touchdowns in three quarters of work as the third-ranked Tigers beat Syracuse 49-14 to spoil the Orange's Atlantic Coast Conference debut. "I got guys here who flat just go out there and get it, some of the best skill guys in the country," said Boyd, who finished 20 of 27 with his first two interceptions of the season. "We try to put these guys in the best position possible. We played a pretty complete game and are getting close to where we want to be."

Boyd, who matched his school record in TD passes and eclipsed his Clemson record for passing yards in a game by 27, hit a wide-open Adam Humphries with scoring passes of 60 and 42 yards in the first quarter to help stake the Tigers to a big early lead. And when Syracuse threatened to rally in the final minute of the third quarter, Boyd, standing at his own goal line, hit Sammy Watkins with a perfect spiral in stride at the 45-yard line, and he outraced the lone defender for Clemson's final touchdown. "That play really sealed the game," said Watkins, who had four receptions for 126 yards. "Tajh did such a great job of getting the ball out so quick and so fast, it's real easy for the wideouts. Being on the road, you have to jump on a team pretty quick to hold them back." - AP Sports

10/05/2013 - This week, several members of the Syracuse football team spoke confidently about their chances of pulling off an upset against No. 3 Clemson on Saturday at the Carrier Dome. And why not? The Orange had done it recently, upsetting No. 20 West Virginia on the road in 2010, No. 11 West Virginia at the Dome in 2011, and No. 10 Louisville at the Dome last season. But that was when Syracuse was in the Big East Conference, the forgotten stepchild of the BCS conferences. The Orange is now in its first year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and it learned Saturday that the upsets aren't going to come so easily.

Clemson raced out to a big first-quarter lead and thrashed the Orange 49-14 Saturday in a nationally televised game before 48,961 fans -- the largest Dome crowd since 2000 against Miami (49,327). Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd tied his career high with five touchdown passes as Clemson improved to 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the ACC.

In snapping the Orange's six-game home winning streak, the Tigers notched their 13th consecutive double-digit victory against unranked teams. Syracuse, which hasn't defeated a Top 5 team since 2001, fell to 2-3 overall as it got crushed in its first league contest. Before leaving the game at the start of the fourth quarter, Boyd completed 20 of 27 pass attempts for a career-high 455 yards. He did throw two interceptions, snapping a string of 187 pass attempts without a pick. - The Sports Xchange

10/01/2013 - WEEK 5 COLLEGE FOOTBALL STARS: Tajh Boyd, Clemson, threw for three TDs and ran for another score to join Phillip Rivers as the only ACC quarterbacks to account for 100 career touchdowns, leading the No. 3 Tigers to a 56-7 victory over Wake Forest. - AP Sports

09/28/2013 - Tajh Boyd became the second Atlantic Coast Conference quarterback to account for 100 career touchdowns and got No. 3 Clemson's offense back on track in a 56-7 victory over Wake Forest on Saturday. Boyd threw for three touchdowns and rushed for another score. He stands at 102 TDs in college, joining former North Carolina State quarterback Phillip Rivers in the ACC's century club. Boyd passed for 311 yards and ran for 69 to surpass Charlie Whitehurst as Clemson's total offense leader.

The Tigers (4-0, 2-0) have won their first four games for the second time in Boyd's three seasons as starter. He had been out of sync the past two games, but found his rhythm quickly against Wake Forest (2-3, 0-2). Boyd had touchdown throws of 64 yards to Sammy Watkins, 75 yards to D.J. Howard and 14 yards to Mike Williams as Clemson took a 35-7 halftime lead. - AP Sports

09/24/2013 - 2014 WEEK 4 NFL DRAFT STOCK REPORT, NFL PROSPECTS WHO HURT THEMSELVES: QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson...Widely considered the top senior quarterback prospect for the 2014 NFL Draft, Boyd started strong with a very good performance in Clemson's win over Georgia, but he was very up-and-down against NC State. He appeared to be pressing and tried doing too much against the Wolfpack's defense, which threw off his timing and forced him to hold the ball way too long. Boyd is a smooth, flexible athlete with good body thickness as a runner, but his mechanics tend to break down outside the pocket, which throws off his ball placement.

He finished 24-for-37 (64.9%) for 244 yards and three touchdowns, which looks like a solid day's work, but he struggled with his accuracy in this game, especially on deep ball attempts. Boyd is a vocal leader and although it wasn't a great performance, he still helped the Tigers escape Raleigh with a road ACC win. But when NFL teams watch his game tapes, the Clemson-NC State match-up won't be one that proves to next level decision-makers that he should be one of the first players drafted next May. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

09/19/2013 - Tajh Boyd threw three touchdown passes and third-ranked Clemson kept North Carolina State in check for most of the second half in a 26-14 victory in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams on Thursday night at Carter-Finley Stadium. Clemson (3-0) has won nine of the last 10 meetings with N.C. State (2-1). Boyd's 30-yard touchdown pass to Martavis Bryant with 5:25 to go in the third quarter gave the Tigers a 20-7 cushion. The scoring opportunity came after Vic Beasley's sack and Spencer Shuey's ensuing fumble recovery set up the Tigers in N.C. State territory.

Bryant caught a 15-yard touchdown pass with 11:27 remaining. Bryant, a junior, had his first multi-touchdown game. Boyd tied former Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke for second place in ACC touchdown passes with 79. Former N.C. State quarterback Philip Rivers is first with 95. Boyd ended up 24 of 37 for 244 passing yards without an interception. Senior kicker Chandler Catanzaro became Clemson's career scoring leader with 330 points, kicking two field goals and two extra points. - The Sports Xchange

09/19/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Tajh Boyd had a tough game in his last visit to N.C. State, as the then-sophomore was intercepted twice in a 37-13 defeat. But he rebounded in a big way against the Wolfpack last season, accounting for eight touchdowns and amassing 529 yards of offense, 426 passing and 103 rushing. He could put up similar numbers against an N.C. State defense that is breaking in three new starters at linebacker and three new starters in the secondary. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2013 - Tajh Boyd ran for a touchdown and No. 4 Clemson returned two interceptions for scores for the first time in program history in a 52-13 victory over FCS opponent South Carolina State on Saturday. Boyd accounted for five TDs a week ago and became a prime Heisman Trophy contender as the Tigers (2-0) defeated No. 11 Georgia 38-35. In this one, Boyd scored Clemson's first touchdown and played only a half against the Bulldogs (0-2) before finding a spot on the Death Valley sidelines next to offensive coordinator Chad Morris. That was more than enough, though, for Clemson to move to 27-0 all-time against FCS teams.

Cornerbacks Martin Jenkins and Darius Robinson each had pick-6 scores to help the Tigers to a 38-7 lead by halftime. Backup Cole Stoudt had three touchdown passes, two to reserve Germone Hopper, in the blowout win. Boyd finished 14-of-23 passing for 169 yards. - AP Sports

09/07/2013 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 9. Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson (6-1, 225): Less-than-ideal size will always bring some detractors. Critics are finding it tougher to identify flaws in Boyd's game after the Tigers' stirring victories over LSU and Georgia in his past two games. A true dual-threat quarterback, Boyd is earning comparisons to Pro Bowl passers Russell Wilson and the late Steve McNair from scouts. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/02/2013 - Offensive coordinator Chad Morris didn't like No. 8 Clemson's tempo in their season-opening win against No. 5 Georgia. And one of the biggest culprits slowing the Tigers down in Morris' view was quarterback Tajh Boyd. Morris said Monday Boyd didn't get his eyes to the sidelines quickly enough after plays in Clemson's 38-35 win over the Bulldogs on Saturday night. Morris thought his high-speed attack should've squeezed off another 10-to-12 plays instead of the 76 snaps they managed.

Boyd passed for three touchdowns and rushed for two others in the victory. Morris was slightly surprised at Boyd's inattention at times. Morris brushed it off as Boyd getting caught up in the moment of a highly anticipated game. The Tigers (1-0) face South Carolina State (0-1) of the FCS on Saturday. - AP Sports

09/01/2013 - Tajh Boyd passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns as No. 8 Clemson got its season off to a resounding start with a 38-35 victory against No. 5 Georgia Saturday night. Playing in front of a packed house of 83,830 at Memorial Stadium -- the 11th-largest crowd in stadium history -- the Tigers pulled away from a 21-21 deadlock at halftime to defeat Georgia for the first time since 1990. The Bulldogs had won five straight in the series. Clemson became the first non-Southeastern Conference team ever to defeat Top 10 SEC teams in consecutive games. The Tigers defeated ninth-ranked LSU 25-24 in the Chick-fil-Bowl on New Year's Eve.

Clemson receiver Martavis Bryant, who had two drops and didn't catch a pass in the game, had good hands when it counted most, snatching an onside kick attempt by the Bulldogs with 1:17 remaining to seal the victory. The game was a back-and-forth shootout befitting two teams with prolific offenses and questionable defenses rife with untested youth. They combined for 73 points, the most total points in the history of the 63-game series. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2013 - Dynamic skill talent. Boyd piloted the attack masterfully. He accounted for five TDs. His offense had zero turnovers. He dodged sacks and negative plays and always seemed to be in control. This was Boyd's seventh career win over a top 25 opponent as the Tigers' starter. Saturday night's win was fueled by the momentum the Tigers took from rallying to beat LSU last December, where it seems they proved more to themselves than they may have to the skeptics. That win was highlighted by a perfect pass Boyd made on a fourth-and-16 from near his own goal line in the game's final minute. "I think it did a lot to help our prestige," Boyd told me a few weeks back. "I heard it all the time: 'Clemson pulled a Clemson.' And when you hear it, it almost becomes offensive. At some point or another, you don't want to be labeled or categorized for something that happened in the previous years. "When coach Swinney decided to come here, when I decided to come play for him, we wanted to change the culture, change the history. I feel like in some form and fashion we've done that."

"It was a very monumental win for this university, for this program, for the conference in general," Boyd said after the game. "I think we were the only nonconference team to beat two top 10 SEC teams in a row and all that good stuff is great, but we just have to continue to keep working and keep our eyes on the prize. This is only the opener. We have 11 more games left. We just have to continue to work." - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

09/01/2013 - Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd had a message for the college football world: Get used to the eighth-ranked Tigers winning big games. Over his five seasons on campus, Boyd had grown tired of his team's reputation in the sport for flopping in the biggest games and most critical moments. "There have been times when we have been absolutely crucified," Boyd says, "for being one of those teams that can't win big games." That's finished, according to Boyd, who almost single-handedly put the "same old Clemson" adage to rest in his past two games.

Boyd threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns as Clemson closed last season by defeating LSU, 25-24, in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Boyd passed for 270 yards and three TDs. He also ran for 42 yards and two scores as the Tigers rallied past the Bulldogs to become the first non-SEC opponent to take down top-10 teams from the powerhouse SEC in consecutive games. "We understand what we want to do as a program," Boyd said. "And I hate hearing that we have letdowns because we are one of the more consistent teams in the country." - AP Sports

09/01/2013 - Tajh Boyd threw for three touchdowns and rushed for two others, Clemson's defense sacked Aaron Murray four times and the eighth-ranked Tigers stung No. 5 Georgia 38-35 Saturday night. Boyd had scoring passes of 77 yards to Sammy Watkins, 24 yards to Zac Brooks and 9 yards to Stanton Seckinger. Boyd also added TD runs of 4 and 2 yards to win the lone matchup of top 10 teams in college football's opening weekend.

The Tigers took the lead for good, 31-28, on Chandler Catanzaro's 24-yard field goal in the third quarter. Georgia had a chip-shot try for a tying kick on its next possession, but couldn't get if off after Nathan Theus' bad snap. Two series later, Boyd led a 12-play, 87-yard TD drive that ended with tight end Seckinger tip-toeing the sidelines to get in. Georgia's Todd Gurley ran for 154 yards and two touchdowns. - AP Sports

08/31/2013 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Tajh Boyd - As Boyd goes, so go the Tigers. Back for his third year as a starter, Boyd has matured into perhaps the top quarterback in school history since taking the reins in 2011. His development peaked last season when he passed for 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns while ranking fifth nationally in passing efficiency. The 6-1, 225-pound senior is the team's undisputed leader, on and off the field, and is a bona fide Heisman Trophy candidate. "He's got the experience to draw on -- he's been there," Swinney said. "He understands the system. His game management and his leadership ability, all of those things are special when you have a third-year starter." - The Sports Xchange

08/31/2013 - ROB RANG'S 08/30/13 BIG BOARD: 9. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson (6-1, 225, 4.68) -- Every team is looking for "the next Russell Wilson." In terms of his size, poise, mobility and arm talent, Boyd is one of the few quarterbacks to warrant comparison to the Seahawks' young standout. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

08/14/2013 - 2013 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WATCHLIST: Tajh Boyd, Clemson,...Boyd was the ACC Player of the Year in 2012 when he led Clemson to an 11-2 record and number-nine final ranking in USA Today. He was named a first-team All-American quarterback according to the Football Coaches Association ahead of Heisman winner Johnny Manziel.

Boyd holds 51 Clemson records entering this season. He set the ACC record for touchdown responsibility in a season last year with 46 touchdowns, one less than Manziel and second in the nation. Additionally, he was fifth in the nation in passing efficiency at 165.6, an all-time Clemson record and threw for a Clemson record 3,896 yards. - Clemson football

08/14/2013 - 2013 MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Tajh Boyd Sr. CLEMSON 82.2,...Boyd was a finalist for the award last year. This preseason he is joined on the Watch list by ACC players Bryn Renner and Stephen Morris. Boyd is also on the preseason watch list for the Davey O'Brien Award, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp National Player of the Year. - Clemson football

07/24/2013 - 2013 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE PRESEASON TEAM (MEDIA): QB Tajh Boyd, CL, (59), Sr., Hampton, Va.,...Boyd was the ACC Player of the Year in 2012 when he led Clemson an 11-2 record and a top 10 final national ranking according to USA Today. He was a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. Top Four in Voting By Position: Quarterback: 1. Tajh Boyd, CL (59)...2. Logan Thomas, VT (2)...3. Bryn Renner, UNC (2)...3. Stephen Morris, UM (2). - Clemson football

07/22/2013 - 2013 ACC PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): Clemson senior quarterback Tajh Boyd was the overwhelming choice to repeat as ACC Player of the Year. The senior from Hampton, Va., was named on 105 of 120 ballots after a 2012 season in which he broke his own ACC single-season marks for touchdown passes (36) and touchdown responsiblility (46). Boyd enters the 2013 season with 8,053 career passing yards and 73 touchdown passes.

Miami running back Duke Johnson, with four votes, placed second to Boyd in the 2013 ACC Preseason Player of the Year voting. Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins received three votes apiece.

Clemson received 102 first-place votes in the Atlantic Division balloting, and defending ACC champion Florida State placed second with 18. Miami was chosen as the likely Coastal Division winner by 65 voters, while Virginia Tech was named on 27 ballots and North Carolina on 22. Clemson was named on 95 ballots as the likely overall ACC Champion. - ACC football

07/20/2013 - 2013 WALTER CAMP WATCH LIST: QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson...Boyd was the ACC Player of the Year in 2012 when he led Clemson an 11-2 record and a top 10 final national ranking according to USA Today. He was a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association. - Clemson football

07/19/2013 - 2013 DAVEY O'BRIEN WATCH LIST: Tajh Boyd, Clemson...Boyd was the ACC Player of the Year in 2012 when he led Clemson to an 11-2 record and number-nine final ranking in USA Today. He was named a first-team All-American quarterback according to the Football Coaches Association ahead of Heisman winner Johnny Manziel. Boyd holds 51 Clemson records entering this season. He set the ACC record for touchdown responsibility in a season last year with 46 touchdowns, one less than Manziel and second in the nation. Additionally, he was fifth in the nation in passing efficiency at 165.6, all-time Clemson record and threw for a Clemson record 3896 yards.

Boyd is one of four ACC quarterbacks on the list. The others are Stephen Morris of Miami (FL), Bryn Renner of North Carolina and Logan Thomas of Virginia Tech. The 16 semifinalists for this year will be announced on November 4 and the three finalists on November 25. The winner will be named at the Home Depot College Football Awards show in Orlando, FL on December 12. - Clemson football

07/16/2013 - 2013 MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson...Boyd set an ACC record last year for touchdown passes in a season with 36. He threw for 3,896 yards and completed 67.2 percent of his passes. He was fifth in the nation in passing efficiency. The native of Virginia was the ACC Player of the Year and a first-team All-American according to the American Football Coaches Association. - Clemson football

06/27/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013: QB Tajh Boyd announced he would return for a senior season on Jan. 10, and Tigers fans rejoiced. Boyd has grown by leaps and bounds since being thrown into the starting lineup as a sophomore, and he has emerged as a bona fide Heisman Trophy candidate. First-team All-ACC quarterback each of the past two seasons, Boyd is coming off a season in which he passed for 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns. There's no reason he can't produce similar numbers in 2013. - The Sports Xchange

06/27/2013 - TOP CLEMSON NFL PROSPECTS: 1. QB Tajh Boyd (6-1, 225, 4.68)...The reigning ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Boyd has been one of the most improved quarterbacks in the nation over the last few seasons, setting ACC records in 2012 for touchdowns scored in a single game (8) and season (46). He is a terrific athlete with the legs to elude defenders and extend plays, showing the ability to reset and deliver outside of the pocket. Boyd looks like a running back at times with his power and quickness, but he is clearly a pass-first quarterback. He has a bad habit of locking onto targets and telegraphing passes but still has room to clean up the mental errors. Boyd is shorter than ideal with a low release point, but he has more than enough arm strength needed for the NFL and is a confident downfield passer, snapping his hips through his throws. His accuracy and ball placement need to continue to develop, but he is a confident competitor and has steadily improved his leadership tools and on-field command of the offense. For many, Boyd is the top senior prospect at his position and has the tools to be a first-round pick if he continues to grow and has another productive season for the Tigers, but he'll have to do it without his top target (Hopkins) and running back (Ellington) from a year ago. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com


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