Clemson QB Tajh Boyd Will Bounce Back Against Wake Forest Demon Deacons

By Colby Lanham
Clemson QB Tajh Boyd is looking to bounce back against a struggling Wake Forest team.
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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd wasn’t quite in sync early on last Thursday night against the NC State Wolfpackand didn’t find his groove until the second half of the Tigers’ 26-14 victory.

However, look for that to change in the Tigers’ upcoming matchup against Wake Forest, a team with a struggling offense and a defense that will surely try to get early pressure on the senior quarterback the same way the Wolfpack did.

One reason why Boyd will back is the talent around him. He does not have the pressure on him that a lot of quarterbacks can have. He has a very capable running backs corps in Roderick McDowell and Zac Brooks, who has each kept the running game afloat. McDowell is the team’s leading rusher with 243 yards while averaging 5.5 yards per carry.

In the passing game, Clemson’s wide receivers are a deep group with speed. Boyd has great weapons in Sammy Watkins, Martavis Bryant and Adam Humphries. Germone Hopper, Mike Williams and T.J. Green are young receivers who add valuable depth at the position. This group is arguably one of the best in college football.

While the Demon Deacons have the 24th-ranked defense, the key for Boyd will be patience in the offense. Teams are now more content to sit back in a two-deep safety shell and try to take away Clemson’s deep passes, one of the best aspects of their offense. This will open up the Tigers’ running game, and with McDowell’s early success and Boyd’s threat of running the ball, the zone read could be effective early.

It will be up to Boyd to make those reads and get the ground game going early and completing the short to intermediate passes. As long as Boyd takes what the defense gives him, expect an easy victory for the Tigers in Week 5.

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