Boyd previews Boston College

CLEMSON - CUTigers catches up with Tajh Boyd to preview Saturday's game against the Eagles.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Tajh Boyd continues to operate at a high level, but he's also coming off his least productive game of the season at No. 11 Virginia Tech.

CUTigers caught up with the former five-star signal caller Tuesday to get his thoughts on this weekend's matchup with Boston College:

5-0 in your first five starts, how does that feel for you?
Boyd: It feels pretty good, definitely excited about it. It's definitely a big step to where we want to be as a team. We've just got to keep working from here.

5-0, and you also probably didn't play your best game Saturday on the road against Virginia Tech… does that still keep you hungry and you know that you still have work to do
Boyd: Definitely. It was probably what I needed to let me know I have a ways go. It's also a sign of great things as well, as a team when every player doesn't have a great game and we still come out on top. Imagine if we have a complete game, I really feel like we're searching for that as team, and I'll be really excited about it when it happens.

How big of a factor was the weather, especially in the first half? Does the wind and rain bother you at all as a quarterback?
Boyd: A little bit, yeah. Honestly for a while I couldn't feel my fingers. The ball felt like a brick. I don't usually want to make excuses, but it definitely was a factor in some of the throws. At the same time, it's just something that you have to deal with.

Offensively, you guys have not scored a touchdown against Boston College in three years. What do they do so well and why is that the case in your estimation?
Boyd: They have a really great scheme and really great players that are fundamentally sound. They are really strong. Not scoring an offensive touchdown in three years is tough to deal with, and we've just got to make sure we score some touchdowns this week. I'm looking forward to the challenge. BC always comes in here ready to play, and they're a tough opponent.

Did you say it was probably a good thing that you didn't have quite the game you have had in the past four weeks? Do you mean that specifically for yourself or the entire offense?
Boyd: Me personally and the offense as a whole. You get used to dealing with so much success in situations that you're expecting it in every game, but when it doesn't happen, it brings you down and you see what you need to work on. We still have to improve the running game, the passing game, and everything offensively as a unit. It's something we need to work on in practice and keep improving on each day.


"You get used to dealing with so much success in situations that you're expecting it in every game, but when it doesn't happen, it brings you down and you see what you need to work on. We still have to improve the running game, the passing game, and everything offensively as a unit." (Getty Images)
Does a game like that keep you from getting too high?
Boyd: It really does. It's things we definitely could have controlled. I feel like we managed the game really well, but there were a lot of yards and points that we could have put up and didn't, but fortunately we came out on top, and that just shows the type of team that we have.

It seems like this Saturday you rolled out to run or throw more. Part of that was probably how Virginia Tech played you, but was part of it also Coach Morris having more faith in you as a quarterback?
Boyd: Yeah, definitely. We are starting to get more into the playback, and we have more options on each play. It's just going to keep building from here. Five games into the season and we're getting ready for the sixth one, it's really going by fast. We have to take advantage of every opportunity that we have. This has to be a great week of practice and preparation for us.

Is it going to be difficult to focus on a Boston College team that's 1-4 overall and 0-2 in the ACC?
Boyd: Not at all. In college football, you are liable to lose any one game based off one performance. It's kind of a deal where you have to play a complete game and not worry who you're playing against but execute your game plan. I think that's what happened to teams in the past. They get so focused on your opponent you don't do what you're supposed to do. They're a great team, I think Kuelchy has like 82 tackles or something crazy like that. They have a great defensive coordinator, and they're going to be up to the challenge. Every week we are going to get everyone's best, so we have to make sure we're on top of our game.

Your offensive coordinator said in the game on Saturday you weren't looking over at him after each play fast enough. Do you have the ability to run plays faster?
Boyd: Yeah, we could have run a lot more plays, and that's on me personally. Even though the official is still getting the ball set, it's my job to get the guys lined up and look over to Coach for the next play call. That's something we are going to work on in practice. It was just me getting away from the fundamentals I've learned earlier this year. I'm looking forward to the challenge of improving upon that this weekend. We have to hone our skills quickly. I feel like we haven't peaked yet, and that's a great thing. We've just got to keep improving.

Is it easier to play faster when you're at home and it's not as noisy?
Boyd: I'm not really sure. It was loud, don't get me wrong, but I feel like those external things don't really factor in. When you're out there, you don't think about the crowd or anything of that nature. We can just look at the film and learn from those situations.

Every time you turn on the television, you see Clemson on ESPN. You're 5-0 and ranked 8th in the nation, how hard is it to stay level-headed and keep your team level-headed?
Boyd: We are definitely not finished yet. You look at the pre-season rankings and we weren't on the radar. Really it's all about what happens during the season and the final results. There's no room for complacency. If we're satisfied now, we could lose seven straight. You have to worry about each opponent each week. The guys are really up to the challenge, and we have a strong group of leaders that are ready to work.

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