Tajh Boyd's scouting expedition

Why in the world did Tajh Boyd and two of his teammates visit Georgia's spring game two weeks ago? CUTigers went straight to the source to find out.

There isn't much Tajh Boyd can do to stay out of the spotlight these days.

Having broken 39 Clemson records in his first two seasons as a starter, while also leading the school to a conference championship and 21 combined wins has a way of doing that to a quarterback.

And even though it wasn't widely publicized, a recent trip made by Clemson's senior quarterback raised a few eye brows around the country, including ours here at CUTigers.

In case you haven't heard, a little more than two weeks ago, Boyd, along with teammates Sammy Watkins and Quandon Christian, visited Georgia for the Bulldogs' final scrimmage of spring practice... otherwise known as "G Day."

Clemson, of course, opens with the Bulldogs on Aug. 31 in a nationally televised game in Death Valley.

Boyd tells CUTigers it was merely a scouting expedition, and nothing more.

"Ultimately I just wanted to go down there and get a glimpse of it my from standpoint. They lost a good bit of players from their defense into the NFL," he said.

"I wasn't down there for leisure or anything like that. Me and Sammy were talking about this DB or that DB and what the defensive front was doing."

Georgia's defense, which runs a base 3-4 scheme, was widely regarded as one of the top units in the country before the 2012 season. The Bulldogs ended the year ranked a very respectable 32nd in total defense, 18th in scoring defense and 8th in passing defense.

Part of Boyd's curiosity could be because Georgia lost key players in all three levels on that side of the ball - including linebackers Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree, safety Bacari Rambo and corner Sanders Cummings, plus its top two nose guards in Kwame Geathers and Jonathan Jenkins.

Obviously, the expectation is there will be a large number of new faces on that side of the ball come August. But given the talent Georgia has stockpiled on that side of the ball, Boyd says the Bulldogs have will have the Tigers' respect in the season opener.

"They have a really good defense and we know that," Boyd said. "They have some youth back there as well but they have plenty of talent. It's going to be an intriguing matchup and I'm excited about it."

With just three defensive starters returning, it's likely Boyd liked a good bit of what he saw in Athens that spring afternoon. Then again, Georgia's offense will be as highly touted as Clemson's next season, which means Boyd has to start the season hot in order for his team to win.

At least now he has his own scouting report to work with.

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