Under Pressure

CLEMSON – Tajh Boyd grabbed hold of the reins left behind by Kyle Parker on Saturday, guiding the Tigers' first team offense through the morning's scrimmage. After a few early hiccups, Boyd settled in and threw his first touchdown pass in Death Valley.

Two passes into the scrimmage, he was 0-for-2, sending both throws into either double or triple coverage.

"That's typical of a rookie guy," said offensive coordinator Billy Napier. "It's no different than K.P. last year, at this time of year."

Boyd admitted that he locked onto one receiver before releasing each of the first two passes.

"Honestly, as soon as I threw it, I was like, ‘man, I can't believe I threw it there.' I think that's just me understanding what's going on," he said.

"I have to look through my progressions a little bit more. That just comes with time. I'm feeling pretty decent about it."

Napier said mistakes like those are worked out through repetition and experience.

"It is a game of repetition. That's the foundation of learning," Napier said. "The good thing is he's getting a lot of reps. He's getting this opportunity.

"It's a negative that Kyle's not here, but it's also a positive for our football team."

Head coach Dabo Swinney said Boyd began looking better throughout the course of the scrimmage after a rough start.

"He pressed a little bit early. He's got to trust what he's supposed to do. If you've got a guy, throw it," Swinney said.

"Tajh Boyd is making progress, taking steps forward. He is learning the offense and will show more improvement as he gets more experience."

On six possessions with the first team offense, he completed 7-of-14 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.

The touchdown came in the red zone situation with Dwayne Allen on the receiving end of a 24-yard strike.

His second-best throw was a 12-yard completion on a come-back route to Marquan Jones.

Later in the goal line situation, Boyd tried to hit Allen for a second touchdown in the back of the end zone, looking past a wide-open Chad Diehl.

"I could have hit Chad in the flat, but I looked at Dwayne. It's the small things, I guess. It's the little things that really count. As long as I get those down, I should be cool," Boyd said.

Halfway through his first spring practice, Boyd's feeling good about the progress he's made to this point.

"I'm starting to see a lot of improvement in myself," he said. "We've got a lot of time before the first game. Hopefully, we can be well-rounded by the time the season comes up."

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