During practice Wednesday night, Clemson's first in full pads, Boyd found himself on the business end of a collision with Andre Branch.
"This defense kind of gets sick when I'm just out there running, free-lancing a little bit, making moves on people," Boyd said. "I guess they were getting tired of it, so they just hit me today. It was no problem at all. We'll go back to the locker room and talk about it. It was definitely just fun out there."
According to Branch, "He had a quarterback run. I scrapped over and had a nice little lick on him."
The redshirt senior defensive end said head coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris kept their cool after his meeting with the quarterback.
"They knew that we were competing. That's all it was," Branch said.
Boyd said he was all smiles as he picked himself up off the ground.
"I just got up and started laughing...he did pop me pretty good."
Head coach Dabo Swinney didn't share the laugh.
"It might have been a little more thudding that I would like to have seen," he said. "No harm, no foul."
Boyd, who rushed 23 times for 33 yards and a touchdown last season, saw his fair share of contact in 2010. Occupying a dual-threat role in Morris' hurry-up, no huddle offense will mean there are more hits in store this fall.
"There are certain situations where you're going to have to go down. Sometimes, you just might have to push through. There's a learning curve with that," Boyd said.
The redshirt sophomore signal caller said he's spent time watching film on several dual-threat quarterbacks. The two he's watched most are Baylor's Robert Griffin and former Auburn quarterback Cameron Newton.
Because of the similarities in systems, Boyd said he's watched Newton more than anyone.
"His game was so calm out there," Boyd said. "It looked like it moved so slow for him. Hopefully, I'll get to that point at some time this season.
"That's just something I've got to definitely keep working on, my knowledge of the offense and recognition of the defense."
Boyd watching Auburn, Baylor film
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