After an 8-0 start last year, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd had legitimately played his way into the Heisman conversation.
Much like the rest of his team, though, he couldn’t maintain that elite status.
Still, it was a record-setting season for Boyd and an impressive debut for a rookie starter tasked with learning an entirely new offensive under first-year coordinator Chad Morris. Boyd was 298-for-499 passing for 3,828 yards and 33 touchdowns against 12 interceptions. He completed 59.7 percent of his passes and had a 141.2 pass efficiency rating. He also had 218 rushing yards and five rushing touchdowns. Boyd finished with 4,046 total yards and was responsible for a school-record 38 touchdowns.
Coach Dabo Swinney is quick to point out, though, that Boyd still has plenty of room to grow. Becoming a better game manager is at the top of Boyd’s to-do list this offseason.
“Tajh, bottom line is, he’s got to improve his ball security and game management. It’s that simple,” Swinney said. “He does a lot of good things, but he led our team in turnovers. He gave up a bunch of sacks just on his own. … He’s got to become more consistent. He’s really become the leader of our team. That’s an area he can continue to grow in. His completion percentage needs to be up there, and just keep improving the overall knowledge of the offense.”
If he does, Boyd has a chance to be a Heisman candidate again.