You will not find Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd on any list featuring the top underclassmen for the 2013 NFL draft.
Yet Boyd made headlines earlier this week when he told reporters in Clemson that he was thinking about the possibility of leaving school early to try his hand at the pros.
Boyd said, "It’s up in the air. It’s one of those deals where all you can do is control what you can and take it from there. But at the same time I don’t think there’s any place better than here."
Coach Dabo Swinney tried to put to rest any speculation when asked for his response to Boyd's comments. With the season still ongoing, the last thing Swinney wants is any distraction concerning his star quarterback.
"I'd be surprised, very surprised if he's not back here," Swinney said on the ACC coaches call Wednesday. "That's not something we're really focusing on. There's a time and a place for that. Right now it's just about trying to finish the season."
He was asked again later in the day by local reporters and gave his general thoughts on when it makes sense to enter the draft.
"I don’t think any of them should leave unless they're a first-rounder," Swinney said. "I've been doing this too long, and I've had too many guys sit in my office when they realize that a million dollars isn’t a million dollars. When you pay your taxes and buy a car and pay your agent, you'd better go to work. Unless you're a legitimate first rounder, you'd better come back."
Boyd ranks second in the nation and first in the ACC in passing efficiency with a 172.0 rating. That would be a Clemson record if the season ended today. He is trying to become just the second quarterback in school history to rank in the top 10 in the nation in passing efficiency. Mike Eppley was third in 1983 with a 146.0 rating.
He also is on pace to break school records for single-season passing yards, single-season total offense yards and single-season touchdown passes.