Can Clemson Tigers' QB Tajh Boyd Make Heisman Bid in 2013?

By Connor Muldowney

Tajh Boyd enters the 2013 season as one of the nations top quarterbacks and an easy choice for best quarterback in the ACC. However, there are a few up-and-coming quarterbacks in the conference that could give Boyd a serious run for his money.

While Boyd could easily win the conference player of the year award in 2013, he still has a lot to prove and it will start by getting the Clemson Tigers to a BCS bowl game for the second time in three seasons.

Coming in as the reigning ACC Player of the Year, Boyd will likely have full trust from head coach Dabo Swinney and wide out Sammy Watkins will surely have a break out season — if you can call it that after his monster freshman season in 2011.

While losing wide out DeAndre Hopkins and running back Andre Ellington from an 11-win squad will be a tough pill to swallow, the Tigers will likely be one of the top teams in the country in 2013 and coming in at No. 8 on the Rant Sports’ top 100 rankings.

The first game of the season for the Tigers comes against the Georgia Bulldogs and could end up being one of the early-season great games and maybe even an instant classic.

Clemson might think this is its season to win its second ACC title in 22 years and their first since 2011. Boyd has passed for 7,724 yards, 69 touchdowns and 25 interception in the last two seasons to go along with a 63 percent completion mark. This guy could have yet another 3,500-plus yard season and 40 touchdowns.

Oh, and did I mention he’s a dual threat? Boyd rushed for 492 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, becoming one of the most dynamically talented quarterbacks in the nation.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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