Clemson will receive a massive boost for the 2013 season, as star quarterback Tajh Boyd has decided to stay with the Tigers for his senior year.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 2:40 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos
As expected, Tajh Boyd confirmed at a press conference that he would be staying at Clemson for his final year of eligibility.
College Football Talk reported the news via Twitter:
At press conference, Tajh Boyd confirms he's returning to Clemson for senior season.— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) January 9, 2013
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ESPN's Joe Schad reported the news via Twitter:
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd plans to announce today he will return for a senior season.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 9, 2013
Boyd was the engine behind Clemson’s explosive offense this season, which ranked sixth in the nation in points scored. He led the team to an 11-2 record and an upset victory over LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.
The Tigers’ only losses this season came against Florida State and South Carolina, who both finished in the Top 10 of the final AP Poll. Clemson ended the year at No. 11.
Boyd threw for 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns compared to just 13 interceptions in his second season as the team’s starting quarterback. He also racked up 514 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
His completion percentage rose significantly from his sophomore year, in which he connected on 59.7 percent of his passes. This season, he showed his improved decision-making and completed 67.2 percent of his attempts.
Boyd seemed to get better as the year went on. In three of Clemson’s last six games, he threw for five touchdown passes.
This included a performance against North Carolina State in which he added three rushing touchdowns to his five scores through the air and accounted for 529 yards of total offense.
Against LSU, he was nearly flawless, completing 36-of-50 his passes for 346 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions while adding another score on the ground.
His play earned him recognition from the ACC’s coaches, and they voted him the conference’s Player of the Year for 2012. His elevated level of play this season suggests he will continue to improve when he takes the field in 2013, and Clemson will be a dangerous team with him under center.