By Heath Bradley.
Tajh Boyd knows his ability to run the ball can add another dimension to an already potent Clemson offense.
“Definitely, having a chance to watch film over the summer, there were plenty of times I could have ran the ball instead of trying to force the ball into coverage,” said Boyd.
Tajh used film work, as well as a challenge from Chad Morris as motivation to transform his body, and his athleticism over the summer.
“That is why there was such an emphasis for me to cut weight. To get prepared mentally and physically so I can be another dimension. It is one more thing a defense has to guard. If I am a threat with the football, I think this offense has even more capabilities because of the type of playmakers we have,” said Boyd.
Tajh worked hard to shed weight and gain speed and lateral quickness in hopes of becoming a more prolific playmaker on his feet. Boyd understands that a defense having to also focus on his ability to tuck the ball and run will help himself as well as his fellow teammates on offense.
While Boyd would love to immediately become a dynamic rusher at quarterback such as the two previous Heisman Trophy winners; Cam Newton and Robert Griffin III, he understands that you cannot just become that player overnight.
“I have to keep working, I have to keep up with the process, always keep working.” Boyd understands that to become a player the caliber of those two, he must be able to handle the weekly grind of rushing the ball, while still being a great passer. This means running tough, but also smart, something that he hopes his new workout and training regimen plan from this summer will cover. He sees his ability to make plays with his feet as an opportunity to take some pressure off of his teammates, while offering another big play threat for this offense. “I want to be that kind of guy. It is about maintaining throughout the season. If I can do that, there is no telling what this offense can do this season.”
Tajh has shown flashes of his running ability this fall camp, including a long touchdown run in the first scrimmage this past Saturday. Boyd hopes that his hard work will pay off when the Tigers take the field this season.
“I am going to have opportunities. My goal is to be able to run for a substantial number of yards this season. It is going to be a point of emphasis this season. Coaches trust me more with the running game right now, I just have to keep working,” Boyd told TheClemsonInsider.com
His hard work to keep his body and mind in top shape is something that he feels will help him take not only himself, but also this offense to the next level.