The quarterback's take

CLEMSON - With the season opener against Auburn now 10 days away, Tajh Boyd shares his thoughts on where things stand for the Clemson offense.

Before wrapping up preseason camp on Tuesday, Boyd and company had already begun preparations for Auburn's defense, which will be led to Atlanta by first-year defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

"You can't really look at too much of what they did last year," Boyd said. "We're looking at Falcons' game plans and what they've done."

VanGorder spent the last five seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons. Before the Falcons, he headed up the Georgia defense from 2001-04, coached linebackers for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2005 and served as head coach at Georgia Southern in 2006.

"He's a really good defensive coordinator. I'm really excited about the challenges that they have for us," Boyd said. "We've just got to go out there and compete. We've been looking at the spring game. But, really, all we try to do is break down what we think they'll do and go from there. If not, we'll just have to game plan on the fly."

Less than two weeks to the day from the rubber match in the Georgia Dome, Boyd gave a confident review of his offensive line.

"Majors strides, major improvements -- I'm really excited about those guys," he said. "Coach has been challenging those guys all fall. All they've done is come and work. I'm excited about those guys. They give everything they've got. I'm really comfortable with those guys."

Boyd was also pleased with the tempo the offense moved at during the final stadium scrimmage of preseason camp.

That, after all, is the name of the game in Chad Morris' hurry-up, no-huddle system.

"[Saturday], I felt the tempo moved as fast as it has in a while," Boyd said. "It might have been the fastest it's been all fall camp. I'm just starting to get more comfortable. We're executing really well."

The 2011 All-ACC performer looks forward to building upon what was a solid first season as the starting quarterback at Clemson.

"I'm just excited about the potential of this team…we've just got to keep working," he said.

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