The top Tiger in 2013

We've reached the No. 1 spot in our countdown of the top Clemson players for 2013. And, surprise, surprise, it's the reigning ACC Player of the Year.

CUTigers is down to the player we think will have the most productive season for Clemson in 2013.

No. 1

QB Tajh Boyd, Redshirt Senior
A three-year starter for the Tigers, Boyd signed with Clemson over offers from Ohio State and Oregon. Prior to that final decision, he had also been committed to West Virginia and Tennessee.

The Resume

Boyd's decision to attend Clemson has worked out pretty well. He'll put the finishing touches on what's been a stellar career when the 2013 campaign opens with Georgia.

He enters the season as the media's pick to win the ACC Player of the Year in December.

In 2012, Boyd was one of 10 finalists for the Manning Award, one of 15 players on the Walter Camp Player of the Year Watch List, one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award, one of 15 candidates for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and named first-team All-American by the AFCA.

In 13 games, Boyd completed 287 of 427 passes for 3,896 yards and an ACC record 36 touchdowns with 13 interceptions in 959 snaps. He connected on 67.2 percent of his attempts through the air and had a 165.6 efficiency rating. On the ground, Boyd had 514 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.

The 46 total touchdowns set an ACC record for touchdown responsibility. Boyd also set school records for passing yards, passing yards per game [299.7], passing efficiency, passing touchdowns, total offense and total offense per game.

A first-team All-ACC selection as a sophomore in 2011, Boyd completed 298 of 499 passing for 3,828 yards and 33 touchdowns with 12 interceptions in 997 snaps over 14 games. He hit on 59.7 percent of his throws and had a 141.2 efficiency rating. On the ground, Boyd had 218 yards and five scores.

Boyd completed 33 of 63 passes for 329 yards and four touchdowns in seven games as a freshman.

Though Clemson's comeback effort came up short, Boyd's fourth quarter in the Meineke Car Bowl would up being asign of things to come.

Moving Forward

The one notch missing from Boyd's belt is a win over South Carolina. But a Clemson quarterback hasn't beaten the Gamecocks since 2008, his senior year in high school.

Already a top candidate for consideration as Clemson's all-time best quarterback, Boyd's already strong legacy would be cemented with a third double-digit win season and a victory over South Carolina.

Regardless of his performance in 2013, it's been a good run for Boyd, who could have wound up as a high round pick in the NFL Draft after last season. Another strong season by the former five-star recruit will certainly vault him into consideration for a first-round draft pick (if he isn't already there).

Next season, three quarterbacks will have the unenviable task of following in Boyd's footsteps. Cole Stoudt and Chad Kelly are expected to have Deshaun Watson join the mix in five months. Clemson coaches and fans hope that it happens.

2. Sammy Watkins
3. Vic Beasley
4. Brandon Thomas
5. Spencer Shuey
6. Travis Blanks
7. Martavis Bryant
8. Stephone Anthony
9. Adam Humphries
10. Rod McDowell
11. Chandler Catanzaro
12. D.J. Reader
13. Grady Jarrett
14. Josh Watson
15. Tyler Shatley
16. Charone Peake
17. Bashaud Breeland
18. Ryan Norton
19. Corey Crawford
20. Mackensie Alexander
21. Robert Smith
22. Jordan Leggett
23. Quandon Christian
24. David Beasley
25. Tyshon Dye

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