Strong sense of self

Tajh Boyd

CLEMSON - For Tajh Boyd, it's all about keeping things in perspective.

Through three games, the third-year starting quarterback has completed 56 of 90 passes for 683 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions. Boyd's also rushed for 90 yards and three scores.

But he thinks those stats should be better, significantly better. Case in point: the 26-14 win over N.C. State.

Boyd completed 24 of 37 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns. Not a bad night, but it's not quite up to par for No. 10.

"That's just kind of my expectations," Boyd said. "The numbers were decent. They were good by other standards. For me, there were other opportunities for me to go out there and set some high marks. We just went out there and missed some throws.

"I think the expectation builds every year."

And he set the bar awfully high before the start of his final year at Clemson.

"It's just always been one of those things for me," Boyd said. "I've always expected more out of myself than anyone else has expected."

At times this season, Boyd has struggled to play up to the level he wants to reach on every snap of every game.

"Being so much involved in this offense and being here for a while, we have expectations of what the offense is supposed to look like, what it needs to be like," he said. "After a while, you kind of forget what it was like earlier each year. The most recent memory that you have is how the season ended.

"Each year it always starts off a little bit rocky, it always starts off on a little bit on the other side of the fence. I think, for me, that's where I need to kind of understand that. It does take time."

Moving forward, Boyd understands there are times when he can't try to do too much.

He can't press. Admittedly, that was an issue last Thursday night.

"I think that's just the nature of playing quarterback," Boyd said. "Naturally, you want to do everything you possibly can to ensure yourself of whatever you're trying to accomplish. But, at the same time, that's why it's a team sport."

And this is one heck of a team when its quarterback is playing to the level he has in mind.

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