Early in the 2013 season, Clemson Tigers senior quarterback Tajh Boyd was among those being discussed as likely to take home the Heisman Trophy in December. Boyd lit the field on fire in the early going, throwing for 15 touchdowns against only two interceptions prior to the Tigers’ clash with the Florida State Seminoles that put a dent in what had the potential to be a perfect season.
Boyd has bounced back with a fury, however — after getting outplayed by outstanding Seminoles redshirt freshman signal caller Jameis Winston — throwing for 681 yards and four touchdowns over the past two weeks. Boyd was 24-29 for 377 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for another, in a 59-10 victory over the Virginia Cavaliers, setting the all-time ACC record for touchdowns in a career in the process.
His 113th touchdown on a 33-yard pass to star wideout Sammy Watkins broke the previous record of 112 held by former North Carolina State Wolfpack star, and current San Diego Chargers staring quarterback, Phillip Rivers. He now stands at 115 on a career and has three games left against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Citadel, and the South Carolina Gamecocks left on the regular season schedule to bolster his stats.
While Jameis Winston and Oregon Ducks QB Marcus Mariota are now the front-runners in the Heisman conversation, Boyd has done plenty to make his case to be among the first quarterbacks taken in a 2014 NFL Draft that promises to be chock full of signal calling talent. He has the intangibles that you can’t teach, the leadership, the vision, the football IQ that comes along only so often.
Tajh Boyd’s all-time ACC touchdown record is just the beginning of the hardware he’ll take home as the 2013 season winds down, and just a glimpse of the promising professional career he’s sure to have that’s right around the corner.
Kris Hughes is a Senior Writer, Business Analyst and College Content Coordinator for Rant Sports.