Boyd's players-only meeting

CLEMSON - On the heels of Saturday night's emotional loss at Florida State, Tajh Boyd figured it was time for a little powwow with his teammates.

The Tigers' second-year starter called his teammates together for a players-only meeting before practice on Monday.

Boyd shared a few of the details from that meeting during his weekly sit-down with reporters.

"I thought the meeting went well," he said. "I just wanted to assure everybody that we're going to be fine this season. The season is really young. We don't want one loss to define this season. One loss can't beat us twice.

"That's something that you learn over the years, because it does happen in sports. I'm very confident in this team and how they came to practice yesterday."

Over the years, Boyd's earned enough clout to call the team together for a players-only meeting. After all, he is the quarterback.

"Being the quarterback of this team, it's not just that you're the leader of the offense. You have to make sure everything runs smoothly, regardless of the situation," he said.

Boyd added, "Everybody always asks about offense, defense like we're separate…we're not. Offense doesn't win games. Defense doesn't win games. Special teams doesn't win games. Regardless of the situation, that loss goes on this team, collectively, as a unit.

"There is no need for anything to try to divide us. That was just one of the things I wanted to stress. It was just about giving great effort."

Dabo Swinney didn't have a problem with Boyd's meeting. He applauded Boyd's decision.

"I think it's great," Swinney said. "He's not just the quarterback, he's the leader. That's what you want to see. I was anxious to see how they would respond yesterday."

The head coach saw exactly what he wanted to see from the team during Monday's practice.

"Hopefully, we'll see a lot of growth in these next few weeks and we certainly have to have it because we are not a great team right now," Swinney said. "But I like how they responded yesterday. You could see hurt in their eyes and they care. Nobody hurts worse than the players."

Boyd remembers a time when that hurt wasn't so bad for the Clemson players.

"I think, in the past, one game, a loss, wouldn't affect the team so bad," he said. "But I think the culture is changing around here to the point where that one loss really hurts you." Top Stories