Boyd's ready for round two

CLEMSON - Fresh off his record-breaking first season as the starting quarterback at Clemson, Tajh Boyd looks forward to year two.

Unlike his last offseason, Boyd will have a full spring and summer to work with the majority of skill players who will be on the roster this fall.

"Now, we've got everybody on offense, except for two guys -- Chad Kelly and [Germone] Hopper, right now," Boyd said. "That's the most exciting part about it. Coming out here and competing -- the plays that some of these guys are making."


That's the kind of reaction the play-makers can get out of the reigning ACC Player of the Year on any given play. His second-favorite wide receiver in 2011, DeAndre Hopkins, continues to do just that.

On Saturday, Boyd noted a catch Hopkins made a day earlier. As Boyd described it, Hopkins turned his head, caught the pass with only his right hand by plucking the ball near the laces.

"I threw a back-shoulder. It was a deep-ball. It wasn't the softest pass ever…it wasn't just a one-hand [catch]," Boyd said.

With so many pieces back, including Andre Ellington, Sammy Watkins, Jaron Brown, Brandon Ford, Martavis Bryant, Adam Humphries, Charone Peake, Mike Bellamy and D.J. Howard, year two of the Chad Morris hurry-up, no-huddle offense could be just as exciting as year one.

"All the young guys that are supposed to make plays, they're making plays right now," Boyd said.

But there are a few question-marks along the offensive line. Starting tackles Phillip Price and Landon Walker are gone. So is starting right guard Antoine McClain. Top reserves Mason Cloy and David Smith are, too.

Brandon Thomas, who started at left guard down the stretch last season, has been working at left tackle. Kalon Davis is at left guard while former defensive tackle Tyler Shatley is at right guard. Redshirt freshman Joe Gore is among the competitors at right tackle.

There will be a total of three first-year starters joining Thomas and Dalton Freeman. But Boyd has "no worries" when evaluating his offensive line.

"The best thing about it, there's no complacency," Boyd said. "These guys are competing every day, trying to get a starting spot, a starting job. The young guys are already in the older mold, so they're going to give me everything they've got." Top Stories