No more turnovers

CLEMSON - Ball security is a point of emphasis each and every week for Tajh Boyd.

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But in the last two games, the redshirt sophomore quarterback has thrown four interceptions. Two against Georgia Tech and two against Wake Forest.

He had three in the first eight games this season.

"I need to protect the ball, do check downs," Boyd said. "Philip Rivers, he's the check down king. I don't want to develop Brett Favre syndrome."

Head coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris seem to believe Boyd has gotten a little too confident in his arm.

"Lately, you kind of get lackadaisical to the point where it's a little window -- I'm going to try to squeeze it in here," Boyd said. "It works sometimes and sometimes it doesn't. It's just something I'm going to have to focus on during film study."

At N.C. State on Saturday, he'll face a defense that leads the country in interceptions. Through 10 games, the Wolfpack have 20.

Cornerback David Amerson leads the team and the country with 10. That's three more than any other player in the country -- two others have seven.

Sixty-five teams have less than 10, four of which are in the ACC.

"It's got to be a big emphasis. It's got to be important to us," Boyd said, referring to ball security. "A big reason why we are where we are as a team is because we haven't turned the ball over. We definitely can't start that now if we want to achieve all of our goals."

For Boyd, he'll have to take what the opposing defense gives him.

"Just taking what's the there is probably the most important thing. It's something I've got to get back to the nature of," he said.

Boyd has to refocus on the importance of making sure that it's only his teammates on the receiving end.

"It's just something I have to have a great sense of pride in and security about. It's uncharacteristic of me," he said. "That's something, growing up at any level, I definitely don't want to start here." Top Stories