Boyd talking with Bellamy

CLEMSON - Through the good times and the bad, quarterbacks are supposed to lead. And that's the approach Tajh Boyd has taken with Mike Bellamy.


Bellamy was suspended before Clemson's ACC Championship win for a violation of team rules, his second suspension of the season.

The freshman running back won't be eligible to rejoin the team until the start of next semester.

"I talk to him everyday," Boyd told on Thursday night. "He's going to take a break right now, go home, just clear his head and get it together."

His message to the former four-star prospect is consistent.

"I tell him, if he needs anything, just let me know. I want to be a big brother to him. I want to be a role model, an older sibling to him," Boyd said. "I'm going to do everything in my power, just like the coaches are, to help him get it together.

"That's all we can do -- care for him, help him get it together."

Bellamy could be a critical piece to the Clemson puzzle in 2012.

If starting running back Andre Ellington elects to forgo his senior season, Clemson would have just three running backs with college experience, and that's assuming Bellamy is back.

The Tigers will have their starting quarterback in the backfield for 2012. Boyd said on Thursday that he plans to return next year.

"I was thinking about [entering the 2012 NFL Draft]," Boyd said, flashing a smile. "But I was like, I'm going to come back."

The redshirt sophomore won't even submit his paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Board.

For now, his focus is on the upcoming trip to south Florida.

"This is the most important part of our season, this Orange Bowl right here," Boyd said.

Clemson will take on a West Virginia team that ranks No. 15 in the country with a pass efficiency defense rating of 112.48.

"They're definitely a talented bunch, very athletic, very physical. Jeff Casteel has a great system over there," Boyd said.

He has a pretty good idea of what the Mountaineers defense will do to defend a Tiger passing attack that averages 284.8 yards per game.

A BCS win could lay the foundation for Clemson to have another special season in 2012.

"Doing it right now would be huge for this program. It would be fun. We're just excited about it," Boyd said. Top Stories