Tajh Boyd boasts ‘I got this’ factor under Chad Morris

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BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
@Aaron_Brenner

CLEMSON — There’s some friendly dispute over the exact moment Tajh Boyd and Chad Morris became the dynamic duo envied and admired by football offenses across the country.

“I think it was pretty obvious that first fall, that stretch when it seemed like Championship Road there,” said Clemson wide receivers coach Jeff Scott, referring to the 8-0 start in 2011, Boyd’s first year as starting quarterback and Morris’ first year as offensive coordinator. “They just kind of clicked. Once they started having success, all the players believed in it.”

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“Maybe Auburn (to open) last year,” said tight ends coach Danny Pearman. “I think about games where they clicked in a positive way and say, ‘Hey, this kid’s got a good feel for what he can do and what Chad’s calling.’ ”

Morris thinks it took even longer than that: the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl.

“I just think that LSU game really demonstrated: (Boyd) said, ‘OK, I got this. I got this figured out. I can do this,’ Morris said. “(Boyd) knew he could do it, but it all just came into shape where, it’s on me now. And you saw it.”

When it’s suggested to Boyd that he didn’t truly shine as Morris’ prime pupil until his 27th college start, Boyd respectfully begs to differ.

“I’ve been pretty confident in myself for a while now,” Boyd said, smiling.

On some level, Boyd always knew this connection with Morris — which powered the 2012 Tigers’ offense to 101 school records — was destined to click.

He made himself believe in Morris before Morris ever put on a Clemson visor. And now the pair looks to thrill Clemson fans for a third straight year, when it looked all along it might have only been two.

Read the rest of Tajh Boyd’s journey with Chad Morris on The Post and Courier website

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Zac Brooks takes a handoff from Tajh Boyd during Clemson's first fall camp practice. The Tigers are wearing 'guardian caps' over their helmets whether there's contact drills or not, to help prevent concussion-like symptoms in August practices. (Rex Brown/ClemsonTigers.com)

Zac Brooks takes a handoff from Tajh Boyd during Clemson’s first fall camp practice. The Tigers are wearing ‘guardian caps’ over their helmets whether there’s contact drills or not, to help prevent concussion-like symptoms in August practices. (Rex Brown/ClemsonTigers.com)

BY AARON BRENNER | abrenner@postandcourier.com
@Aaron_Brenner

CLEMSON – This will be the first ‘7 at 7’ feature I’ve produced since my first day on the job.

That’s a two-month span. In the next two months, my hope is you can expect about, oh, 20 more or so. Then another 20 in the two months after that.

What I love about writing 7 at 7 – and in my experience, what readers have loved about reading it – is not just the catchy name, but the flexibility it provides to dish out notes on just about anything in a super-presentable fashion.

One day, you’ll see me empty the notebook from practice; the next, you’ll see me throw out a mish-mash of YouTube clips of John L. Smith’s greatest meltdowns caught on camera. (Don’t rule this out.)

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So let’s get to it. Let’s have some fun.

1) For the love of all that is good and pure, take this for what it’s worth.

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