As Clemson prepares for the 2011 season there is no question about who the leader is for the Tigers. Red-shirt sophomore Tajh Boyd came to Clemson to lead the Tigers and he now has his chance.
The reigns were officially handed to Tajh when Kyle Parker was injured just before the half of the Meineke Car Care Bowl. When the Tigers hit the field to begin the second half Kyle was unable to join his teammates.
Tajh was the gem of Dabo’s first recruiting class as head coach. The Tigers made a late push and beat Ohio State and Oregon to land the US Army All-American MVP.
In 2010 Tajh played in seven games going 33-63 with four touchdowns and three interceptions. Two late touchdowns in the bowl game almost led the Tigers to a huge comeback.
During the offseason Tajh has done everything possible to help his team prepare for 2011 and to represent his university and teammates. From attending the pro day’s to support his teammates heading to leading the offseason workouts Tajh has been the leader. Tajh has also been to Greenville to support Kyle as he came to town with the Rockies and has been in contact several times with the former tw0-sport standout.
Over the weekend the nation’s No. 1 receiver class for 2011 arrived on campus along with 5-star running back Mike Bellamy. The Tigers will need the talented freshmen to get on the field early to help the offense reach it’s potential. Nobody knows that better than Tajh who has already spent time throwing with the receivers after they arrived on campus.
Leadership from Tajh and others will be critical to help the incoming freshmen learn the new offense so they can be ready to contribute early as the coaches will not be able to work with the players until practices begin August 5. Expect to see Tajh working closely with the freshmen helping them review film, throwing with the receivers during July and doing everything possible to make their transition as smooth as possible.
Will Tajh be the quarterback that leads the Tigers back to an ACC Championship? Will the former 5-star quarterback be remembered as one of the Tiger’s greats? Those answers won’t be answered until the games are played on the field, but if the performances on the field match the effort to lead the team off the field the future is bright for the Clemson offense.