Sunday, October 9, 2011
Clemson QB Boyd upgraded to 'probable'
By Heather Dinich
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, who suffered a hip injury in Saturday's win over Boston College, has been upgraded to probable for the Maryland game, the school announced on Sunday.
“Tajh was feeling much better today,” coach Dabo Swinney said on his weekly Sunday teleconference. “We really expect him to be back at practice full speed on Tuesday and be ready to play against Maryland.”
Boyd strained his hip when he was tackled after completing a five-yard pass to Dwayne Allen on Clemson’s first drive of the third period in the Tigers' 36-14 win over Boston College. Boyd left the field with assistance. He was 16-26 for 283 yards and a touchdown and added six rushes for 37 yards and a touchdown. He had 320 yards of total offense in just over a half.
This is a tremendous sigh of relief for Clemson and its fans. Boyd's health is critical to the Tigers' chances of extending their unbeaten streak. It is the first time since 2000 that Clemson has started 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the ACC. The Tigers already have three wins over top 25 teams, tied for second in the nation with Alabama and behind LSU’s four top 25 wins.
That's not to say Clemson wouldn't continue to win with backup quarterback Cole Stoudt, but he's not as prepared or as entrenched as Boyd is at this point in the season, and Boyd has been integral in the team's offensive success so far. There's a reason he's the starter, and Clemson got quite a scare this past weekend when he was taken off the field. The fact that the team was able to find this out early will be a benefit in their preparation for the Terps.