Clemson, SC — Starting quarterback Tajh BoydTajh Boyd Quarterback #10 6-1, 230 Hampton, VA View Full Profile completed 10-12 passes for 168 yards and a touchdown to highlight offensive play in Clemson’s 75-play scrimmage in Memorial Stadium on Saturday morning. The Tigers are preparing for the season opener on September 3 against Troy.
Clemson will have Sunday off, then will have two-a-day practices next Monday and Wednesday with single practices on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The team will hold its annual Fan Appreciation Day at Death Valley on Sunday, August 21 from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
Boyd had arguably his best practice of the preseason as he completed each of his last eight passes to six different receivers. He threw a 44-yard scoring pass to top receiver DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins Wide Receiver #6 6-1, 195 Central, SC View Full Profile, then connected on a three-yard score to Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen Tight End #83 6-3, 245 Fayetteville, NC View Full Profile in a goal line situation.
Allen had three receptions for 66 yards, including a diving catch over the middle for 14 yards and a first down. Brandon FordBrandon Ford Tight End #80 6-4, 220 Wando, SC View Full Profile had three receptions for 37 yards, including a five-yard touchdown pass from Cole StoudtCole Stoudt Quarterback #8 6-3, 195 Dublin, OH View Full Profile. The freshman QB was 4-14 passing, but threw for 71 yards and two touchdowns, one to Ford and one to Bryce McNealBryce McNeal Wide Receiver #7 6-1, 180 Minneapolis, MN View Full Profile (23 yards).
The top rusher was Rod McDowell, who had four rushes for 68 yards, including a 39-yarder on his first carry of the day. Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington Running Back #23 5-10, 190 Moncks Corner, SC View Full Profile had 5-41 rushing and added two receptions, while freshman Mike BellamyMike Bellamy Running Back #5 5-10, 187 Nocatee, FL View Full Profile had five carries for 40 yards.
Another bright spot of the day was the kicking game. Clemson’s three kickers, Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro Punter / Kicker #39 6-2, 205 Greenville, SC View Full Profile, Ammon LakipAmmon Lakip Punter / Kicker #36 5-11, 175 Alpharetta, GA View Full Profile and Brian Symmes were a combined 16-16 on the day in field goal attempts and extra points against a live rush.
Three Tigers missed the scrimmage because they were going through graduation exercises across the street from Memorial Stadium in Littlejohn Coliseum. Starting offensive tackle Landon WalkerLandon Walker Offensive Line #72 6-6, 310 North Wilkesboro, NC View Full Profile, starting safety Rashard HallRashard Hall Safety #31 6-2, 200 St. Augustine, FL View Full Profile and reserve defensive end Kourtnei BrownKourtnei Brown Defensive End #90 6-5, 250 Charlotte, NC View Full Profile all graduated from Clemson on Saturday.
It was especially noteworthy for Hall, who has been at Clemson just three years. He joins Nick Eason (now in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals) as the only scholarship football players to graduate with two years of athletic eligibility remaining.