CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- If you had to choose one quarterback to lead your team in Saturday's Dr Pepper ACC championship, who would it be: Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas or Clemson's Tajh Boyd? They've gone in different directions since they last faced each other, and Clemson won, 23-3. Confidence, turnovers and sacks have been an issue for Boyd, while Thomas has steadily matured into one of the league's best quarterbacks.
Our experts at Scouts Inc. debated which player is better.
Here's an excerpt:
Kevin Weidl: Enough about leadership and supporting casts -- let's take a look at what Thomas can offer as a passer. He's proven recently he can be accurate and make solid decisions, and with his frame and mobility he's dangerous outside the pocket. Thomas can break contain and evade tacklers, is a ridiculous athlete for his size, and has impressive power. Oh, he also has a stronger arm than Boyd, is seeing the field better and can make throws on the run.
Steve Muench: Comparing the mobility of Boyd and Thomas is an apples-and-oranges argument. Thomas uses his athleticism to his advantage, but I'll take Boyd and his superior lateral agility and ability to sidestep pressure in the pocket. Boyd is better at buying time for his receivers when the pocket breaks down, keeping his eyes downfield and giving his receivers a chance to find open areas and make plays.
If you're talking about which of these QBs is the better pro prospect, I can understand making the argument for Thomas because of his size and throwing ability. But in terms of which QB is the better college player right now, and the one I'd prefer to have going into the ACC title game, I'll take Boyd and his ability to improvise and create.
It won't be too much longer until the players settle this one on the field.