Be thankful Clemson Nation: Tajh is coming back in ’13 (I’m 95 percent certain) … The interesting thing Lorenzo Ward said … USC’s offensive line … and a pot of gold for Notre Dame

NORTHWESTERN COMMAND – Tajh Boyd is an invested quarterback. Tim Boyd is an invested father.

It was Tim Boyd who wanted his son to play football to keep him off the streets. It was Tim Boyd who had his son transfer to Phoebus (Va.) High to get his son out from under a run-first offense at Landstown (Va.) High. It was Tim Boyd who fought to have his son included at some prestigious QB camps that included the likes of Aaron Murray and Matt Barkley.

Tim Boyd has an interest in his son’s future. Despite Tajh Boyd’s impressive junior campaign, he thinks his son should remain at Clemson in 2013 — unless he’s projected to go in the first round or two of the NFL Draft (which is not expected according to draft analysts).

Boyd hasn’t made as an important decision since signing day as he will make this offseason: to go or to stay. His dad, George Whitfield, and myself think it is an easy one, however

I spoke with Tim Boyd on Wednesday.

“I feel like any college quarterback should do three years (starting) before they come out,” Tim Boyd said. “Doing two years, I feel like you are doing yourself an injustice. When it’s over, it’s over. You do don’t want to leave with regrets.

“I feel like Tajh still has something to prove.”

A lot to prove after already combining for 41 TDs, and a 9.5 ypa already this season? Yep.

Tim Boyd doesn’t watch where the ball goes when his son throws passes, he carefully studies his mechanics.

“It’s pretty much all about technique,” he says.

He’s made improvement there. He’s using his core and lower body better which explains in part his incredible deep ball this season. But Tim Boyd still thinks his son should use his time in college to improve. And there are studies that show quarterbacks who have 3+ years of experience at the college level translate better to the NFL.

“(Tajh) has only played two years. He always want to do something different than the year before. Like right now, it’s not that he didn’t do a lot last year to prepare in the summer to prepare for this year, he dropped weight and worked, but he still feels like this (coming) offseason he is going to work even harder.

“He challenges himself. It’s not all about trying to prove it to other to people what he can do, he wants to prove things to himself more or less.”

This is what you really want to hear if you are a Clemson coach or Clemson fan – that your QB is committed toward trying to be excellent.

And if you weren’t comforted enough in Boyd’s dad saying his son should come back or Boyd saying he would need to be a “top tier pick” to depart, quarterback guru George Whitfield, who worked with Boyd this spring, and who does not have a horse in this race, also thinks Boyd should return to school.

“Me and George always talk,” Tim Boyd said. “He’s always watching him and seeing how Tajh is putting the things he taught him to use in the game …. He put an emphasis on Tajh to come back”

Of course, Tim Body would have a different opinion perhaps if Clemson was returning a porous offensive or was lacking in skill players.

“I think if there were different circumstances, if he didn’t have the weapons coming back,. or he didn’t have a line to help him out (returning) would probably hurt him more than help him,” Tim Boyd said. “I looked at Tyler Wilson at Arkansas. He was pretty highly rated last year but then he decided to come back and it’s a struggle this year. I look at scenarios like that. But I think Tajh has all the ingredients for success next year.”

Clemson returns every offensive starter next year except Dalton Freeman and perhaps DeAndre Hopkins.

If Boyd comes back Clemson will be a national title contender and he’ll be a Heisman hopeful.

It’s a lot to walk away from.


South Carolina was one of the few defenses to solve the Clemson offense last year. Clemson OC Chad Morris notes this is a different Clemson offense in large part because Tajh Boyd is a now a dual-threat QB.

And USC def. coordinator Lorezo Ward said changing venues could have a dramatic effect on the tempo of the game. USC was able to slow tempo last year.

“I think that the pace of the game will be way faster this year than it was last year, because I think our home crowd did a great job and they had to make sure they were getting in the right play at the line of scrimmage a lot,” Ward said. “So we got a chance to get in the right defense. I think it’ll be a totally different tempo being that they’re playing at home.”


Is a simple mass problem: South Carolina’s offensive front averages 320 pounds per player, and has a couple giant tackles in Corey Robinson (6-8, 337) and Brandon Shell (6-6, 331).

Clemson has lost the line of scrimmage during its three-game losing streak and it will again be a challenge.


Whether it is reality or not, Maryland’s departure left a perception that the ACC is vulnerable. (It didn’t help that Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said the ACC is vulnerable – though ironically this is because the state of North Carlina has become a drag on the football product)

What could eliminate this perception of weakness? Getting Notre Dame to join as a full football member.

If the ACC was willing to make one hybrid arrangement with The Irish why not another?

My idea: allow Notre Dame to have its own TV network on the side – like Texas and the Big 12 -  with which to broadcast home games. And give Notre Dame a full split of ACC TV revenue. Essentially, Notre Dame would agree to play 8 instead of 5 ACC teams a year and double its TV revenue. That’s pretty hard to turn down right?

Also allow Notre Dame to realign divisions in its interests. If I’m Notre Dame this is what I’d want my ACC to look like:

Notre Dame – (cross over opponent — North Carolina. Non-conference: Southern Cal, Navy, Big Ten TBD, Big Ten TBD)

Florida State


Georgia Tech

Boston College


Wake Forest


Viriginia Tech


North Carolina

N.C. State



Notre Dame needs to recruit nationally, and televise itself in different markets, this division would allow Notre Dame to get into the Florida market every year along with the ATL/Georgia market, North and South Carolina while also continuing to play Boston College every year.



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