CLEMSON - On Wednesday afternoon, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd announced that he would return for…
The campaign begins
Those gaudy statistics are certain to put Boyd in the conversation as a contender for this year's Heisman Trophy.
"It's great to be mentioned in that category, but none of those things really happen if the team isn't successful as well," he said. "So my main focus is to try to be the best leader possible that I can."
So far, he's done pretty well in that regard, and his play back it up.
The combination of Boyd and coordinator Chad Morris has taken Clemson's offense to heights previously unseen in Death Valley. Boyd believes they can take it even further.
"As explosive as we've been, I feel like there's more to attain. There's more out there," Boyd said. "I think that game against LSU was a big boost into this offseason."
Heading into that Chick-fil-A Bowl game against the Cajun Tigers, Boyd had already mapped out a plan for the future.
"I had a little list. I said if I do this against LSU -- such and such -- I'm just going to come out. I had kind of made that early," he said. "The more I thought about it, the more people I talked to, I got some great counseling, some great advice."
Over the last five days, Boyd struggled with the decision, coming closer to leaving than many thought possible.
Among those who offering advice were former teammate Dwayne Allen and fellow 757 native quarterback Michael Vick.
"In his position, he was in a special position where it wasn't necessarily bad for him to leave and it's definitely not a bad decision for him to come back" Allen said.
An All-Rookie performer with the Colts, it was only a year ago when Allen was forced to make the same decision that Boyd was faced with this week.
"I think he's possibly one year away from being on those guys' heels, the Andrew Lucks, the Russell Wilsons," Allen said.
But, as Allen noted, there's business for Boyd to tend to in Clemson.
"[Boyd] wants to have the opportunity to compete for a national championship, to further what he's done at Clemson, bringing an ACC Championship back," Allen said. "He wants to take that to the next level."
Boyd readily accepts that challenge.
"There's a lot for us to gather as a team," he said. "We start off with a banger against Georgia. They come here to the house. I'm going to talk to Aaron [Murray] about that, remind those guys who they're playing against. It's going to be fun.
"I'm so excited about this season."
Plenty of the orange clad faithful certainly are, too.
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