The post-spring review: QB

With the 2013 edition of spring practice now in the books, CUTigers takes a position by position look at the Clemson roster.

In the mix

Tajh Boyd: The senior has his own page in the spring game program, and for good reason. Boyd's had a decorated two seasons as the starter for Clemson. He's completed 618 of 989 passes for 8,053 yards with 73 touchdowns. On the ground, Boyd has rushed for 765 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Cole Stoudt: As Boyd's backup for each of the last two seasons, Stoudt has completed 39 of 60 throws for 327 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

Chad Kelly: The former high school All-American took a redshirt during his first season on campus.

Nick Schuessler: A walk-on, Schuessler signed a scholarship with Mississippi State before leaving school and enrolling at Clemson.

Joining the mix


Clemson didn't sign a quarterback in the 2013 signing period, but they did make a run at a couple of prospects late in the game after Tony McNeal decided to end his playing career.

Deshaun Watson is committed to the Tigers' 2014 class. He pulled the trigger on signing day in 2012.

Stoudt is expected to be the backup to Boyd when the season starts in August.

Key storyline

Kelly had a strong start to the Orange and White spring game, completing 6 of 7 passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 23 yards. His final play, a 17-yard first quarter rush, ended with a torn ACL.

He and Stoudt competed all spring for the No. 2 job behind Boyd. With Kelly's injury, there is no doubt that Stoudt is the backup, at least for now. The injury and retirement by McNeal leaves Clemson with just two healthy scholarship quarterbacks on the roster.

Fortunately, for the Tigers, Schuessler is better than your average emergency quarterback. In addition to his offer from Mississippi State, Colorado State and Middle Tennessee offered him out of high school.

Candidate to be a star

Assuming Boyd maintains a clean bill of health this fall, there is no rising start poised for a breakout in 2013.

Looking ahead to the fall

Boyd has been named ACC Player of the Year, ACC Championship MVP and has twice been voted to the All-ACC team. Entering his final season at Clemson, the 2013 campaign could be a special one for the senior.

A preseason Heisman Trophy candidate, Boyd could become the all-time winningest quarterback in Clemson history. He already owns several school passing records, including passing touchdowns, passing efficiency and touchdown responsibility.

Stoudt is expected to enter the fall as the backup. Just how soon Kelly will be able to push for that No. 2 spot will depend on how quickly he recovers from surgery. Before knowing for certain what the severity of the injury was, Dabo Swinney said that Kelly will play this fall. Top Stories