Monday, November 19, 2012
Player of the week: ACC
By Andrea Adelson
This has been the year of the offense in the ACC, and that was made clear once again this past weekend.
Tobais Palmer, Mike Glennon, Quinshad Davis, Stephen Morris, Tevin Washington and Tajh Boyd all had huge performances, many of them record setting. But our choice for ACC player of the week has to be Boyd, who had the best day of anyone in a 62-48 win over NC State.
Here is the complete list of what Boyd did against the Wolfpack, in very handy bullet-point form:
- Set the Clemson and ACC single-game record for touchdown responsibility with eight: three rushing and five passing. The previous Clemson record was six by Boyd and Woody Dantlzer. Multiple ACC players have recorded six touchdowns in a game.
- Set an ACC single-season record 41 touchdowns this season. He broke his own record of 38 set last year. His 79 touchdowns over the last two years are the most in consecutive years in ACC.
- Set the single-game record for yards of total offense with 529 yards: 426 yards passing and a career-high 103 yards rushing. The previous record came at NC State in 2001 when Woodrow Dantzler recorded 517 yards of total offense. Boyd recorded the first 100-yard rushing game by a Clemson quarterback since Dantzler had 135 in his final home game against Duke in 2001.
- Now has 33 touchdown passes for the year, to tie his own Clemson single-season record.
In his last four games, Boyd has accounted for 22 touchdowns, 1,459 yards passing and 215 yards rushing.
"His overall commitment through the course of the season has been tremendous,” coach Dabo Swinney said after the game. "It’s made a difference for him. He’s been on a mission. I don’t think anybody’s playing better than Tajh Boyd right now."