Heisman Watch: Clemson’s Tajh Boyd Takes Center Stage Vs NC State

By Kevin McGuire

Just like an Oscar would follow an actor or a Pulitzer would follow a journalist for the rest of their life, so does the Heisman Trophy follow a standout football player for a lifetime. Quarterbacks tend to lead the Heisman Trophy race, and this year is no different. Let’s take a look at Clemson’s quaterback Tajh Boyd.

QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson

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The 2013 ACC Preseason Player of the Year got off to a fast start this season. Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for two more in a season-opening victory over Georgia, confirming Boyd as one of the top Heisman contenders this season. Boyd and Clemson are coming off of a bye week and Boyd was not needed much in week two against South Carolina State, so his numbers may be lacking compared to some other candidates at this point in the season. But Boyd absolutely belongs in the conversation.

Boyd’s best shot at winning the Heisman Trophy will come with Clemson piling up wins on a track that could send the Tigers to a BCS Championship Game. Leading Clemson to an ACC title would be beneficial, but getting the Tigers into their first BCS Championship Game could put Boyd over the top compared to other candidates. Of course, an undefeated run in the regular season could make him the favorite along the way. Can Clemson avoid a loss? Boyd would also help his cause by improving his completion percentage (entering the week with 60.4 percent) and cutting down on interceptions.

Over the last couple of seasons, Boyd has been good for about an interception per game. Carson Palmer (USC, 2002) and Jason White (Oklahoma, 2003) each won the Heisman Trophy with 10 interceptions, but they combined for 73 touchdowns between …read more

Source: CBS local Boston


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