By Tajh Boyd.
By Tajh Boyd
Editor’s note: Fresh off leading the Clemson Tigers to an Orange Bowl victory over Ohio State, Tajh Boyd is doing a diary with TheClemsonInsider.com. Follow his journey for the next few months as he goes from the Senior Bowl, to the combine, to the NFL Draft. In this edition Boyd discusses his daily workout schedule, preparing for the Senior Bowl, Vic Beasley’s decision and much more!
It is kind of crazy. I have only been gone for a week or week and a half, but it seems like I have been gone for a while. One thing about college you always know your schedule. Everything is regimented and you know what is important. Now it is unknown. You don’t know everything about the transition and you leap to the next level.
My day starts about the same time every day. They are long days honestly. I get up around 7:30 a.m. and get myself ready. I head over to the facilities about eight. I grab the same thing for breakfast every day. I have oatmeal with raisins and brown sugar and some yogurt.
I work out three times a day. The first session I do a lot of speed work and flexibility training in the morning session. It goes from around 8:45 to around 10:30.
We get a lunch break at 11. I just chit chat at lunch and talk it up with the guys.
At around 12:30 we start our next segment of workouts. We do some stretching and work on technique. We work on the combine stuff in the second session. It depends on which group you are in. Four of us are going to the senior bowl so we do things different some days.
The final session starts around four. I go out on the field and work with QB coach Ken Mastrole. He is real precise and gets real in-depth about the little things. We work on the mechanics and footwork. I am the only quarterback here so I get a lot of work in. That is one of the main reasons I picked this spot so I can get in as much work as I can.
After that workout we go to the recovery area. We go to a yoga type thing. We get in this nitrogen freezer type thing. You stand up and the air hits you. Today I got a massage in the hyperbolic chamber.
The weather has been really nice here in Boca.
We train for everything. We train for all of the combine events. Last week I went to Atlanta and spent six hours going through interview prep. They teach us what to expect when you get in the room, what the layout will look like. They teach us what to expect from the coaches, what to say and how to act.
I leave Saturday morning to fly to the Senior Bowl.
Today we did some work on the Wonderlic test. I scored pretty decent. I was well above the average. Tomorrow (Thursday), I am going to get some individual work with the guy that does the training for the Wonderlic.
I had a chance to talk with Vic (Beasley). One of the things people think life is about is money, but it is really not. Money comes and goes. What is really important is the relationships and memories. To get a chance to graduate on time doesn’t happen often, especially when it is paid for.
I know Vic made the decision because it was best for him. If the decision was up to other people a lot of them might say, “What the hell and leave.” That was tight for him. I am proud of him. He will have a great season and a great career. It just wasn’t the right time for him to leave.