Boyd to play this weekend

CLEMSON - During a 30-minute Monday morning meeting with head coach Dabo Swinney, Tajh Boyd learned that he will play in this weekend's game versus N.C. State.

"I don't know how much," Boyd said at the West End Zone on Monday. "I know, when I do, I'll just have to take advantage of my opportunities."

Reporters weren't privy to the details of how many reps he'd take from starting quarterback Kyle Parker—both in practice and on Saturday.

Boyd said Monday morning's conversation with Swinney covered all bases, including what's left for the short-term.

"We've got a lot of football left as a team," he said. "We could still end the season pretty well. It's not like it's the end of it. We've just got to keep working and we'll be fine."

But the clock is ticking on Parker's football career. He's already signed to play professional baseball for the Colorado Rockies and has treated his redshirt sophomore season like a senior would.

Next season, Boyd is likely to be the only scholarship quarterback with any playing experience. The redshirt freshman quarterback has completed 6 of 14 passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns in mop-up duty against North Texas, Presbyterian and Maryland.

"It's been a great situation for me this whole year. Kyle is a great quarterback, a great person. I've been learning a lot from him," he said.

Through the first eight games this season, Boyd's kept himself involved on the sidelines by watching the play signals and mentally going through what he would do on the field as things played out.

"If I don't understand what's going on, when [Parker] comes back to the sideline, I ask him what he's seen," Boyd said. "I think it's all been for the better."

His confidence and understanding of the playbook continues to grow with each week.

"Even when Kyle was hurt in the Auburn game, it gave me a whole new mindset, you've got to be ready whenever, because you never know what's going to happen," Boyd said.

There are no regrets either. It's been an ideal start to his career.

"This is probably the best thing that's worked out for me. As far as redshirting last year, this season—it's been crucial to my development," Boyd said. "I've learned a lot, from the good, from the bad—everything.

"I wouldn't change it for anything." Top Stories