Preseason camp preview: QB

With the open of fall camp almost a month away, breaks down the Clemson roster one position at a time.

1. Tajh Boyd, RS So.
2010: Boyd played 139 snaps as Kyle Parker's backup last season. In seven games, he completed 33 of 63 passes for 329 four touchdowns and three interceptions. He also carried 23 times for 33 yards and a score. In the Meineke Car Care Bowl against South Florida, Boyd nearly led Clemson to a fourth quarter comeback on 13 of 23 passing for 112 yards and two touchdowns.

This spring: As expected, Boyd entered and exited the spring with the starting job. He didn't exactly wow during the Orange and White spring game but showed that he's capable dual threat under first-year offensive coordinator Chad Morris. Boyd completed 8 of 24 passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed eight times for 43 yards and a touchdown.

Heading into the fall: This marks the first summer during the Dabo Swinney era that Clemson's starting quarterback situation was settled throughout preseason workouts. Boyd has a big-time arm and decent enough wheels to run the zone-read effectively. No one can deny that he possesses the confidence and leadership qualities that are sought after in a quarterback. However, he will need to show improvement in his decision-making in order to keep the Tigers' offense humming along on Saturdays this fall.

2. Cole Stoudt, Fr.
2010: As a senior at Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio, Stoudt completed 163 of 250 passes for 2,159 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. ranked Stoudt, a three-star, as the No. 28 quarterback in the class of 2011.

The spring: One of two early enrolled freshmen, Stoudt quickly showed that he was the most likely candidate to win the job as Boyd's backup. In the spring game, he completed 6 of 22 passes for 118 yards with an interception but had several passes dropped, including several deep balls.

Heading into the fall: Stoudt is expected to continue as the leading candidate to backup Boyd this fall. Because he's the front-runner, Stoudt is likely to avoid a redshirt.

3. Tony McNeal, Fr.
2010: During his senior season at Chester High School, McNeal threw for 2,486 yards and 25 touchdowns with just four interceptions. ranked him as the No. 30 quarterback in the class of 2011.

The spring: An early enrolled freshman, like Stoudt, McNeal locked up the No. 3 quarterback spot behind Boyd and Stoudt. McNeal completed 3 of 7 passes for 35 yards, including a 23-yard strike to tight end Brandon Ford.

Heading into the fall: McNeal is on track to redshirt this fall with Stoudt as the leader for the backup job. With the lack of experience at the position, McNeal could see his redshirt disappear if necessary. He is likely to serve as the scout team quarterback.

4. Donny McElveen, RS So.
- 2010: In the only attempt of his career, McElveen has completed the pass for a 1-yard touchdown strike to Kasey Nobles against PC.

The spring: McElveen worked as the fourth-team quarterback. In the spring game, he completed 2 of 8 passes for 28 yards.

Heading into the fall: The walk-on quarterback is projected as the third-team quarterback with McNeal listed as a redshirt in the fall.

5. Morgan Roberts, Fr.
2010: Led Charlotte Country Day School to the state championship at the private school level. Roberts threw for nearly 2,000 yards, 17 touchdowns. He also rushed for 700 yards and 14 scores.

The spring: Finished his senior year in high school.

Heading into the fall: Projected to redshirt and help quarterback the scout team. Top Stories