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Morris thinks Boyd has first round talent


  by David Hood - Senior Writer - Thursday, December 20, 2012 3:32 PM
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CLEMSON – Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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thinks that Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Jr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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has first round talent, and will eventually be a first round draft pick in the NFL. He just isn’t sure that this is the year.

Boyd, Clemson’s redshirt junior and record-breaking quarterback, admitted after Thursday’s practice that he has submitted all of the necessary paperwork to the NFL so that he can ascertain his possible draft status.

Morris was asked if Boyd could improve his draft status by coming back for a senior season, and Morris said he thinks Boyd would definitely benefit, especially if he improved as much this offseason as he did last year.

“I don’t know where he’s projected and all that. I definitely think he’s a first round guy,” Morris said. “I don’t know if it’s this year. I think it would be next year. I think he could definitely improve his draft stock. Obviously, those are things he and his family have to talk about. He and I will talk about. I think he and I have an unbelievable relationship, and that my opinion would matter to him. He’s got to do what’s best for his family. I honestly feel the improvement we saw from year one to year two in this system, going to year three, I think he can only improve himself.”

He then said that Boyd can improve on well he reads defenses.

“He had a huge improvement from year one to year two in this system in reading defenses,” he said. “Now, going from year two to year three, the offseason, I think that’s an area he can always improve in.”

The playbook would also expand.

“I think we’re about 80-85 percent into it. [Tajh Boyd] is an All-American, we stress that to him,” he said. “You are a first-team All-American. You’re going to have to play like it, prepare like it. It’s no fluke. They just don’t give those away. You’ve played well enough to earn that. How much can we put on him? I think we can put some stuff on him, I really do. As we go, and work into spring ball, we’ll see more and more added to his play. It is just getting the right puzzle pieces in place. There’s no doubt.”

On if the physical practices will continue in Atlanta

“I still think you’ve got to get to the bowl site. You’ve got to get locked in there, at the bowl site. We’ve had some really intense workouts, really strained them, which they need. We’ve had some physical workouts. That’s exactly what we need at this point in time. When we get to the bowl site, we’ll have a day or two of that, as well. This ball game is going to come down to a physical battle. We’re going to have to play extremely physical, really good workouts. I’ve been pleased with the way they’ve responded. We had a day when we didn’t have a really good workout and they responded back the very next day, which was good.”

On the importance of running the football against LSU

“I think we’ve got to do what we do. Any game we go in to, running the football, it definitely opens everything up. We’ve got to run the football. When you look at when we’re at our best, we do a good job of mixing it up. That’s something to be said, if they make you one dimensional, the favor is with the defense at that point.”


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