Taking it one step at a time

With the selection of Kyle Parker in the first-round of Monday night's MLB Draft, Tajh Boyd isn't making any guarantees a day later.

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Boyd had never paid any attention to the baseball draft, before Monday night.

No reason to, really.

"I never watched it really before. I never really knew anybody in it," he said. "I guess it was circumstantial."

Never mind what's going on outside of the circumstances he can't control. Boyd's focused on one thing—his work this summer.

"I'm just grinding out here, having a good time working," he said.

Regardless of Parker's future, Boyd plans to work just as hard. But he couldn't help but to keep an eye on what was going on Monday night.

"I watched some of it. I went back to the room and the next thing I knew I started getting a bunch of texts," he said.

"It was kind of awkward, but it's fine. I'm just ready to grind."

Now, as a red-shirt freshman, Boyd's opportunity to take over as the Tigers' quarterback appears to some as a lock this fall, particularly with Parker selection as the No. 26 overall pick by the Colorado Rockies.

Rated with five stars and ranked as the No. 4 quarterback in the nation by Scout.com, Boyd chose Clemson over Oregon and Ohio State because he was well-aware of what might happen.

The chance to play at Clemson, he thought, was greater than the chance of sitting.

"When you choose a school, you want to go somewhere and play," Boyd said. "When there's an opportunity for you to play, you want to take advantage of it as much as you can. Whenever the opportunity comes, you try to seize it. Whenever the opportunity does arise, I'm going to make the most of it."

Coach Dabo Swinney continues to maintain that the job isn't Boyd's to lose. Earlier on Tuesday, he reiterated that red shirt senior Michael Wade was just as much in the mix for the starting quarterback job if Parker isn't playing football this fall.

Boyd realizes there are no guarantees if it's he and Wade fighting for the first snap against North Texas.

"Everywhere you go you have to compete, regardless of the situation. I compete with Mike everyday at practice. He makes me better," Boyd said. "If Kyle does leave, it will be me and Mike out here battling every day. That's something I like to do."

He's heard the questions and realizes there are doubts if that is indeed how it plays out.

"Everybody is saying you're this and that and Kyle is this. We're going to be this with him and this without him," Boyd said. "There have been a lot of questions. As far as the team goes, I'm just going to keep working hard for the team.

"I'm going to be in the film room more, just working hard every day and just trying to figure out what I'm going to do to help this team."

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