Breaking down the quarterbacks

With the start of preseason camp just around the corner, we take a look at each position and how things could pan out this fall.

Tajh Boyd

Around this time four years ago, Boyd was the smiling, confident, brand new five-star who greeted members of the media nearly everyday after practice as they waited to hear the latest on the battle between Kyle Parker and Willy Korn.

Long after Parker was named the starter, Boyd continued to initiate greetings to media-types with handshakes, pats on the back, dap, etc. From the jump, Boyd embraced his opportunity to become the face of the program, even before he really had a chance to win the starting quarterback job.

After using the third quarter of the 2010 Meineke Car Care Bowl as a warm-up, Boyd ran away with the No. 1 spot.

Three seasons into his career, Boyd has thrown for over 8,000 yards, tossed 73 touchdown passes, plus he's rushed for 765 yards and 16 scores.

Boyd owns three different school records [passing touchdowns, passing efficiency and touchdown responsibility]. A magical 2013 season could make him the best quarterback in Clemson history. But that comes with a caveat.

For some observers, Clemson will need to beat South Carolina this season to help secure what could be one of the most memorable legacies in school history.

No one can argue that the first headline recruit of the Dabo Swinney era hasn't met the signing day expectations. Most, prwould say that Boyd has exceeded them.

Four years later, the media greetings aren't as frequent, but still common enough to fulfill the impression.

Also in the mix

It should go without saying: there is no doubt whose job it is.

Through 14 spring practices, the question was who would be No. 2. But a Chad Kelly ACL surgery solved that mystery. Cole Stoudt is expected to enter the 2013 season as Boyd's backup.

Redshirt freshman Nick Schuessler and walk-on Donny McElveen are also in the mix for third-team duties, for now.

How it might play out

Only time will tell how soon Kelly will be ready to compete with Stoudt for the second-team job. Now, about two months removed from surgery, the season could be several weeks old before it's even a conversation.

It's also possible that it may not even be a conversation. If that's the case, the next possible position battle between Stoudt and Kelly would be for the No. 1 job. Clemson fans just hope there's a certain third candidate that joins that competition in January.

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