No. 13: Tajh Boyd

CUTigers.com has reached No. 13 on its countdown of the top 25 players at Clemson.

13. QB Tajh Boyd, RS So.
Boyd was the first marquee commitment to Clemson with Dabo Swinney serving as the Tigers' head coach.

THE RESUME: As a senior at Phoebus High School in Hampton, Va., Boyd threw for 1,455 yards and 23 touchdowns. With him as the starting quarterback, Phoebus had a record of 43-2.

Boyd was named MVP of the U.S. Army All-American game. He completed 7 of 9 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns.

Scout.com ranked Boyd, a five-star, as the No. 4 quarterback in the class of 2009.

After taking a redshirt during his first season on campus, Boyd played 139 snaps in seven games. In 2010, he completed 33 of 63 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 33 yards and a score.

The bulk of Boyd's playing time was against South Florida in the second half of the Meineke Car Care Bowl. He completed 13 of 23 throws for 112 yards and two touchdowns, nearly leading Clemson to a come from behind fourth quarter victory.

MOVING FORWARD: This fall, the spotlight points to Boyd, who is scheduled to take over for Kyle Parker, the starting quarterback in Clemson's last 27 games.

Boyd has plenty of tools sought after in a quarterback -- a big arm, charisma and a frame [6-1, 230] that is sturdy enough to handle the pounding he'll absorb as a ball carrier.

Aside from a few mechanical issues, he will have to show improvement in his decision making this fall.

The jury is still out on his college career, and for good reason. With only a season of limited playing time under his belt, it's far from fair to make any serious judgments about Boyd.

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