Gearing up for Atlanta

CLEMSON - Tajh Boyd made his final public appearance before Clemson's trip south to Atlanta to play LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

The All-American quarterback, who's thrown for 3,350 yards and 34 touchdowns this season, said bowl prep on the Clemson has campus has gone well.

"Guys have been going hard in the film room, on the field, off the field. It should pay dividends," Boyd said. "We're ready to get down to Atlanta, and make sure we're there for one reason, that's the game."

Boyd thinks last year's bowl prep has served as a teaching tool over the last couple of weeks.

"I, personally, think there were a lot of lessons learned…from the payers to how we operated, to practices and the way that it was kind of run, it can really be a good lesson to us, as a whole program," he said. "I don't think there's -- from every position, I feel like everybody learned something."

Friday is the final bowl practice of the year in Clemson. The team will break for Christmas once it's over. Players are scheduled to report in Atlanta on the 26th.

"When we get there, it's just like regular game week that we have here, because it's five days leading up to the game, so we'll go in the same order we would if we were playing a regular season game," Boyd said.

On paper, it figures to be one of the toughest tests of the 2012 campaign. LSU is ninth in the country with a pass efficiency defense rating of 103.43.

Louisiana's Tigers have feasted on pedestrian passing attacks like North Texas, Idaho, Auburn, Towson and Florida.

But LSU also made life miserable for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, who threw no touchdowns and three interceptions in College Station.

Regardless, Boyd has plenty of respect for LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis.

"Coach Chavis has done a great job with any of the defenses he's had, whether it's at Tennessee, LSU, wherever he's been, he's been one of the most consistent coaches in America," Boyd said. "It'll be a great challenge for us…I feel like we match up really well."

The Chick-fil-A Bowl could be Boyd's last game at Clemson. He's submitted his paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Board and has yet to hear what the grade is.

"I'll probably hear more after the bowl game," he said. "It may have come in, it may have not. I don't really know."

His focus remains on LSU.

"We're going to go out and compete. It's going to be a physical game. We're excited about it," Boyd said. Top Stories