Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said on Monday that quarterback Tajh Boyd is healthy enough to play all four quarters against The Citadel on Saturday if he has to, although Boyd suffered a bruised collarbone and sternum in Thursday night’s 55-31 win over Georgia Tech.
Boyd, an ACC record-setter, will be playing his final home game in Death Valley, and Swinney said he has no plans on limiting Boyd’s time against The Citadel.
“We’re going to do whatever we’ve got to do to win the game,” Swinney said. “Tajh is fine. He wanted to come back in the other night. He’s fine. We’re going to do whatever we’ve got to do to win this game, that’s our only focus, whatever that is -- if it’s play Tajh for four quarters, and that’s what it’s going to take, then that’s what we’ll do. Hopefully we can play well and maybe get some of those other guys in there, but who knows. Every game is a season of its own, and we’ve got to do whatever we need to do to win.”
Despite the injury last week, Boyd still broke the conference record for career touchdown passes in his limited time against the Jackets. Boyd had broken the ACC record for touchdown responsibility (TDR) and now has 121. His touchdown pass total is 97, breaking the old record of 95. Both records were held by former NC State standout Philip Rivers.
Boyd was injured on the final play of the third quarter against Georgia Tech and went to the locker room. Swinney said on Monday that Boyd didn’t have any more tests over the weekend and wasn’t sore.
“Can he go and play four quarters of football? Absolutely,” Swinney said. “He could’ve played the other night. I just felt like, with what Cole [Stoudt] and what he’d just done, he put the team down there, we had a lot of confidence in him, he and Chad. [Boyd’s] fine.”