Clemson Tigers, Tajh Boyd Looks to Improve for 2013

By Dale Casler
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Clemson Tigers QB, Tajh Boyd returning for his Senior season should have a large impact on how the team ends up finishing in the ACCFor the past two years, Boyd has continued to improve his game.  He’s put up some decent stats as well. I expect the Tigers to compete for a conference title once again this year.

In 2011, Boyd’s completion percentage ended up at 59.7 percent. That’s not a terrible number and Boyd was in his first season as starter for the school. But what is impressive is the leap Boyd took from that season into the last.  In 2012, Boyd got that number up to 67.2 percent. If he were an NFL quarterback, that would have been good enough for third. It should be noted that Boyd also threw the ball 72 less times in 2012.

A lot is asked of an NFL quarterback. 499 passes would have had Boyd at number 19.  Right in front of Cam Newton. Last season, six NFL quarterbacks threw the ball over 600 times.  Detroit Lions, Mathew Stafford ended the season with a whopping 727 passes. Boyd should fit right in with the NFL teams with more balanced attacks.

Boyd  also finished 2012 ranked fourth in QB rating at 165.6. He was top 10 in passing at 3,896 yards and touchdowns with 36. One more solid season in school for Boyd will guarantee him a roster spot with an NFL team and send his draft stock into the 1st round. He could have been drafted this season, but by staying in school he can work on his game and solidify a 1st round selection.

Clemson as team is in good shape to compete for a BCS Bowl game as well. Last season they finished 11-2 and won the Chick fil A Bowl. Look for Clemson’s rise in the college football world to continue as they had a top recruiting class once again this off-season.  I see a huge 2012 for Boyd and the Tigers. Heisman Trophy?  Possibly…  National Champions?  Well let’s get real here…  But Clemson and Boyd are doing nothing but good things for the school.  One more season is going to help Boyd.

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