Tajh Boyd knows a thing or two about good Clemson football teams.
Boyd, who started for the Tigers from 2011-2013, is the ACC’s all-time leader in total touchdowns. His sophomore year, he found himself in a situation similar to current Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant. As a first-year starter behind center, Boyd led Clemson to its first ACC title in 20 years when the Tigers defeated Virginia Tech in the 2011 conference championship game.
Boyd spoke to Charlotte radio station WFNZ Wednesday and broke down this year’s ACC title matchup between the Tigers and Miami. He said he likes what he’s seen from his alma mater.
“Clemson is finally hitting its stride at the right moment,” Boyd said, according to TigerNet.com. “Those guys are playing like champions right now. … There are some teams that hit their peak too early and can’t sustain that. You want to be playing your best ball in the championship phase and that’s where Clemson is at this point.”
Boyd offered his scouting report on how the Tiger offense can score against Miami’s vaunted defense, which ranks 14th nationally in points allowed and third in turnovers.
“I think you attack these guys coming downhill, going straight at them,” Boyd said. “If you try to stretch it out and running zones and things of that nature, they can stretch the field and I don’t know how well that works out.”
On the other side of the ball, Boyd thinks Clemson’s own stout defense should be able to stop Miami, especially in light of the fact that Miami quarterback Malik Rosier was benched on Saturday, during the second half of the Hurricanes’ first loss of the season.
“All year Miami has been unbelievably stout on defense, but their offense hasn’t been able to put things in play the way they should be to compete at a championship level,” Boyd said. “… To really win this game this year, they have to compete on the arm of Malik Rosier and I don’t know how much confidence they have in him right now.”
Unsurprisingly, in the end, Boyd said he believes Clemson will pull out its third straight ACC title.
“Miami’s going to have to score 24-plus points to win this game and the way they looked last week, I don’t think they’re capable at this point, unless they get some defensive turnovers,” Boyd said.
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