Allen whips Boyd into gear

CLEMSON - Halfway through this year's spring practice, Tajh Boyd needed a kick in the butt. And thanks to Dwayne Allen, he got it.

After Sunday's team meeting, before players broke off into segment meetings, Allen stood up to share a few thoughts.

"He felt like guys were getting complacent," Boyd said. "It's kind of what they expect--guys coming in and feeling like they had already arrived. I was kind of in a similar situation with those guys being so young."

Though Boyd sits in the driver's seat for the starting quarterback job ahead of freshmen Tony McNeal and Cole Stoudt, the redshirt sophomore admitted that he'd begun to slip.

"[Allen] gave a new perspective on everything. We came here for a reason. It's time for us to work. It ain't no time to sit back," Boyd said.

He said Allen referenced his two seasons at Clemson when he was backing up future Atlanta Falcon Michael Palmer. Allen continued to push himself, instead of becoming merely accpeting his position on the depth chart.

"People look at Dwayne as a leader. For him to emerge like that in front of everybody, it put a stamp on it," Boyd said. "He's one of our older guys. We expect a lot from him. Just him challenging himself let's us know that we have a lot going on for the team. With that camaraderie, it's going to be a fun season."

Practice on Monday, the first since spring break, was solid, according to Boyd.

"There weren't too many MA's, or missed assignments. Coach challenged everybody to come in and not have a brain fart, just come in and know what's going on," he said. "I thought it was pretty good, overall. We had some miscues. It's kind of what you expect coming from break, but it was a good day."

Monday was a heavy installation day. The team was scheduled to meet again on Tuesday before heading back out to the practice fields on Wednesday. Boyd said Wednesday another install day.

"These practices have been going by so fast," Boyd said. "I'm in my third year all ready, and that's going fast. You really have to take advantage of it, just focus on what you do at that moment." Top Stories