Boyd graceful as Parker returns

CLEMSON – Tajh Boyd gracefully accepted his role as the backup to incumbent quarterback Kyle Parker.

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Boyd admitted after Thursday's skills and drills workout that it's probably in the best interest of the team that Parker is returning for a second season as the Clemson quarterback.

"I'm just treating this as a learning year. I'm going to come out and keep working. This may be a good thing for me, you never know," Boyd said.

A five-star prospect at Phoebus High School in Hampton, Va., he needs just one hand to count the number of losses he suffered at the prep level.


"I'm just treating this as a learning year. I'm going to come out and keep working. This may be a good thing for me, you never know," Boyd said.
But after his first set of spring practices at Clemson, it was obvious that Boyd wasn't quite ready to take over the reins as the Tigers' next red shirt freshman quarterback, even if he threw for nearly 4,000 yards in high school.

"Coming into the spring, I didn't know what was going on," he said. "I kind of had an idea of the speed from the scout team, but coming to the field, it was a whole different transition."

That's not to say that Boyd hasn't improved since the end of spring practice.

Now that the open of fall camp is less than two weeks from the open of fall camp, he continues to find confidence with each workout.

"I think I've grown a tremendous amount," Boyd said. "Every time we come out there I'm feeling more comfortable. I'm feeling more like a leader every time. I'm trying to establish myself a little more. I'm coming out, working hard and having fun."

Besides, it's not as if the summer work was all for nothing.

"It was a lot of work this summer that we put in as a team, me and Mike (Wade) put in together. You never know. It might not be left undone," Boyd said. "We're going to come into camp and just work hard and see what happens."

Just a year ago Parker was competing with Willy Korn for the starting job. Boyd was handicapped, still recovering from ACL surgery.

Now he's excited about finally having his name in the hat.

"I'm a big competitor and this has raised the stakes a little bit. It's going to be fun," Boyd said.

Fun, even if he isn't the man. Though he's not content with the role, Boyd has accepted it.

"This might be the best decision for the team," he said. "Whenever you have somebody competing it brings out the best in everybody. I'm going to come out here and just keep working."

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