It's been a while since Clemson has featured a successful team as well as a successful quarterback at the helm.
In 2011, the Clemson Tigers had both, enjoying a surprising breakout season which was mainly due to the success of starting quarterback Tajh Boyd.
Last season, Boyd threw for 3,828 yards, 33 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Although he didn't finish as strong as he should have down the stretch (nine touchdowns to nine interceptions in his last six games), he still will have a lot of high expectations and is considered a Heisman dark horse for this upcoming 2012 season.
Obviously, the Tigers are without Boyd's favorite target, Sammy Watkins, for the first two games. To make matters a little more difficult, the Auburn Tigers are Clemson’s first opponents of the season.
Auburn will not let Boyd have his way, especially after Boyd torched Auburn last season for 386 yards and four touchdowns. Another big game by Boyd is necessary to help kick start his 2012 campaign.
The biggest games that Boyd will also need to perform in are against the Florida State Seminoles and Virginia Tech. If Boyd can do well against the two preseason Top 25 teams, the chances on building upon last season’s success will probably increase.
After throwing for nearly 4,000 yards in his first season as a starter, it makes sense for Boyd to improve his passing to greater heights this season.
Here are the statistical predictions for Tajh Boyd's upcoming season.
Completion Percentage: 64 percent
Passing yards: 4237
Rushing Attempts: 119
Rushing Yards: 578
Rushing Touchdowns: 7