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We've come to our final selection of underrated quarterbacks, and we went with Clemson's Tajh Boyd.
But isn't Boyd generally touted as the ACC's top returning quarterback for 2013? Isn't he the heart and soul of an up-and-coming Clemson team thirsty for a conference title, and perhaps more? Isn't he being touted as an outside contender for the Heisman this season by some pundits?
All true. But we still think he's one of the most underrated quarterbacks int he nation.
The fact of the matter is that unless you live in the heart of the ACC's media footprint, Boyd isn't getting a ton of coverage this offseason. That's understandable in the south, where all anyone can do these days is preen the peacocks feathers of the SEC. The media types across Dixie can't seem to pull themselves away from the hypnotizing cult triumvirate of Saban, Miles and Spurrier.
The Big Ten is similarly single-minded when it comes to its media coverage; who is going to chase down that elusive BCS win over the SEC and why hasn't it happened yet?
Out west, the Pac-12 and Big 12 fans often forget that there's any football civilization left east of the Mississippi.
Boyd may be well covered around the ACC, but the lack of attention elsewhere has us believing he's still being underestimated by the rest of the nation.
With Clemson opening the season against Georgia, you can bet that the nation will quickly bring its attention to Clemson, South Carolina on August 31 when the Bulldogs come rolling in to Memorial Stadium to take on the Tigers—especially if the Tigers deliver a marquee win.
So what does Tajh Boyd have to do to finally see his name in the same sentences as A.J. McCarron, Johnny Manziel, Braxton Miller and Marcus Mariotta?
Step one: beat Georgia. A win over what is sure to be a preseason top 10 UGA team will go a long way towards earning some street cred—not to mention Heisman hype—for Boyd. As the season wears on, Boyd and the Tigers will also need to avoid the seemingly perennial mid-to-late-season letdowns they have subjected Clemson fans to year after year.
Finally, Boyd needs to close the distance between himself and the nation's top passers, statistically speaking. In 2012, Boyd was 10th in the FBS with 3,896 passing yards—over 400 yards behind the national leader. Cutting down his average of one interception per game wouldn't hurt, either.
If Boyd can do those three things in 2013, he'll not only have Clemson in the middle of a BCS National Championship chase, we guarantee he'll also have his name on the lips of every sports writer, from Florida to Michigan and New York to California—many of whom are Heisman voters.
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