Boyd waiting on the word

CLEMSON – Tajh Boyd knows the spotlight turned up a notch when by the Colorado Rockies selected Kyle Parker in the first round of this summer's Major League Baseball Draft.

Even though Parker's future on the Clemson football team is still in the Rocky Mountain air, Boyd continues to prepare for the 2010 season with no regard for what Parker may or may not do.

"I was going to try to come out here and compete, regardless of the situation," Boyd said. "Still, nobody knows what's going to happen. I'm looking at it the same way, just trying to compete and help the team out as best I can."

Less than a month from camp, which opens Aug. 3, Boyd said he feels good about what's to come in his red shirt freshman season with the Tigers. He's starting to see improvements to several aspects of his game since the spring.

"I'm more composed out here. When we do team plays, I feel really good about the way the routes are going, my decision making. It's just coming along really well," Boyd said.

Each summer day starts with an 8 a.m. workout before a couple of mid-morning classes, which are followed by extra cardio work in the afternoon. Each Tuesday and Thursday Boyd and the rest of the team get together for skills and drills on the practice fields.

"I try to (watch film) every afternoon, just pretty much trying to get as much knowledge as I can," he said. "When we get a script for skills and drills, I'm just trying to make sure I go through my reads mentally."


"I'm more composed out here. When we do team plays, I feel really good about the way the routes are going, my decision making. It's just coming along really well," Boyd said.
Following spring practice Boyd acknowledged that he had a tendency to lock on to one receiver without going through his reads.

That, he said, is coming along better, too.

"Now, I'm starting to move read to read, where as in the spring, I was just here and that's it," Boyd said.

There's also the daunting task of getting almost 80 of his peers to believe in him. Boyd understands he's got work to do in earning the respect of his teammates.

Of course, less than a year ago Parker was doing the same. Before his 20 touchdowns and 2,526 passing yards, he was the unproven red-shirt freshman.

Now it's Boyd who's unproven and looking to make the right kind of impression.

"Working, it's mainly about that," he said. "If they think you're slacking off, they'll think you're really not serious about it. I'm just out here grinding, working hard."

And now, just like the rest of the orange and white faithful around the country, he's also waiting to see what's going to happen this fall.

Chances are he'll be involved in the offense in some way, shape or form, but if Parker elects to play Major League Baseball that role will certainly be exponentially bigger.

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