Tigers QB Boyd puts NFL on hold for senior season

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd announced Wednesday that he will return to program for his senior year rather than enter the NFL Draft.

Boyd has quarterbacked the Tigers to consecutive seasons of at least 10 wins, a first for the program since the 1987-90 era when Clemson had four straight 10 win seasons.

Clemson had an 11-2 record this year, the program’s highest win total since 1981.  The Tigers concluded the season with a 25-24 win over seventh-ranked (USA Today) LSU team in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.  Boyd was 36-50 for 346 yards and two touchdowns in that game.

“I’ve enjoyed my time here at Clemson,” said Boyd.  “I’ve been a part of a great family and learned so much as a person and as a player. I’m not ready to give it up yet, so I’m here to announce that I’ll be returning for my senior season here at Clemson University.

“It was a big process. I had pros and cons for each side. For me, it came down to me enjoying being at Clemson.  I love playing college football and I feel like we have a lot of goals left on the table.

“I thought it (the decision) was pretty clear at first, but it’s been weighing on me for about the past five days. So I really sat down and thought about it, prayed about it.  In the end it (coming back) was the best decision for me.”

Clemson finished the season ranked ninth by USA Today and 11th by Associated Press.  The number-nine ranking is the first top 10 finish for the program since the 1990 season.

Boyd quarterbacked Clemson to the ACC Championship in 2011, the program’s first league title since 1991.  Clemson has a 21-6 record with Boyd as the quarterback.  Next year he will attempt to be the first quarterback in school history to lead Clemson to three seasons of at least 10 wins.

Overall he holds 39 Clemson records.

“He made the best decision for himself and for Clemson,” said Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.  “This is great for our program because I think he is the best quarterback in the country.   He is not only the leader of the offense, he is the leader of this team.”

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