By Will Vandervort
Despite not winning the ACC Championship, despite not earning ACC Player of the Year honors and despite not beating rival South Carolina, quarterback Tajh Boyd has no regrets about coming back for his senior season at Clemson.
“It was a great season,” Boyd said on the Jim Rome Show Thursday on the CBS Sports Channel. “For me, I would have regretted it more if I did not come back than if I did. I have enjoyed my time here and I have enjoyed my senior season. I would not trade it for anything else.
“I’m just going to try and lead this team to a victory in this bowl game and do everything possible.”
There is no disputing that Boyd and the Tigers had a great season. He completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,473 yards and 29 touchdowns. He is on pace to have his best season as far as touchdowns thrown to interceptions, as he only threw nine interceptions all season. He also ran for a team-high nine touchdowns and 273 yards.
“I have grown both mentally and physically,” he said. “When you make that leap to the next level, you have to be as ready as possible and I feel like that’s what I did. I feel like I put myself in line and position to be able to compete whenever my time is called up there.”
But unfortunately Boyd’s senior season will be marred by two games, losses to Florida State and South Carolina. Few, if any, real remember his five-touchdown performance in leading the Tigers to a victory over then No. 5 Georgia to open the season or that the Tigers won 10 games for a third straight season.
But none of that seems to matter to Boyd. He knows what they have accomplished at Clemson and he is glad he was a part of senior class that straighten the ship and got it going in the right direction.
“This team perseveres,” he said. “This team really knows how to handle adversity. This team knows how to win games. If we lose, it is with class and nothing else. Again, I feel like this program is moving in a really good direction and I can’t wait to see the future of this program.”
As for looking back at the South Carolina game, Boyd smirked a little when Rome asked him about the drive in which he fumbled and how it looked like one of those legacy drives up until then. After already telling the media after the game how much it hurt to lose to the Gamecocks, again, Boyd let it be known that he and the team has put that game to bed and is looking forward to the bowl game.
“We can’t let that game hinder us,” he said. “Obviously it was disappointing, but again, I think when you look at the story of the two games, the two losses, were the turnovers. They just hurt us. They made the game a little bit closer than we wanted it to be in the fourth quarter and we just did not capitalize in the fourth quarter.
“Obviously, that was disappointing but we cannot let that loss beat us twice. We just have to get ready for the next one.”
As for where the Tigers might go bowling and who they might play, Boyd said he is hearing two possible match ups for Clemson – the Orange Bowl vs. No. 4 Alabama or in the Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Texas A&M.
“Both of them are really good teams, but I’ll be excited for the Bama game for sure,” the Clemson quarterback said.