February 19, 2018

#ThrowbackThursday – 2013 Tajh Boyd finds Mike Williams for 6

In a 52-6 romp over The Citadel in 2013 Tajh Boyd finds Mike Williams for 1 of his 5 touchdown passes on the day.

#ThrowbackThursday: Tajh Boyd throws for 5 TDs in route of Syracuse in 2013

Tajh Boyd throws for 455 yards and 2 touchdowns as Clemson blast Syracuse 49-14 in 2013.

#ThrowbackThursday – 2012 – Nuk Hopkins pulls down 11 receptions in victory over Boston College

Ahead by 10 early in the 4th quarter, Nuk Hopkins makes a pretzel out of the Boston College defender and hauls in a 35 yard touchdown pass from Tajh Boyd.  Hopkins ended the game with 11 receptions for 197 yards and a score and Clemson won 45-28.

ThrowbackThursday: Boyd to Watkins in 2011 gives Clemson lead over defending champ

#ThrowbackThursday to September, 2011.  After struggling against Troy (first half) and Wofford the defending national champs came to town.  After falling behind early, our Tigers battled back and with the game tied at 21 early in the third quarter…..

Then versus Now: How the 2016 Tigers stack up against the 2013 Tigers

 

With Clemson’s Fiesta Bowl matchup versus Ohio State just days away we’ll take an in-depth look at how this year’s team compares to the 11-2 team from 2013, who capped their season with an Orange Bowl victory over Urban Meyer’s Buckeyes. This piece will provide a snapshot at both the similarities and differences between two of the best teams to ever play at Clemson.

 

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN

KEY PLAYERS

RECRUITING COMPARISON

 

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Throwback Thursday – 4th and 16

In my opinion, one of the biggest plays in Clemson history because it helped set the Tigers on their current trajectory.  Special shout out to Hot Rod McDowell who got just enough of a blitzer to give Tajh the time.

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Throwback Thursday

In the 2013 opener Tajh Boyd sidearms a pass to Sammy Watkins who promptly bowls over a Georgia defender and goes 77 yards for the score.

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The All Dabo Team

Editor’s Note: Chris Cox writes about Clemson recruiting on his site Tiger Talk.  You can follow Chris on Twitter at @TigerTalk_CU

DeAndre HopkinsEver since Dabo Swinney took over the Clemson football program as an interim coach on October 13th, 2008 the program has just been, well, different. Swinney’s enthusiasm, passion, and vision have encompassed every facet of the program, leading to success on the football field. He has compiled a 61-26 overall record including 42 wins in the past four seasons alone. Along with an impressive record, Swinney has helped Clemson produce 33 NFL draft picks and consecutive bowl wins over perennial powers LSU, Ohio State, and Oklahoma.Beasley NC State

In order for Dabo to achieve this kind of success, he’s had the help of some pretty good players at his disposal. I take a look at those players, leaving out the one’s currently on the roster, and I think you’ll be amazed at the talent Clemson has assembled over the “Dabo years.”

All Dabo Team (2008-2014)

QB
1st Team: Tajh Boyd
2nd Team: Kyle Parker
Honorable Mention: Cullen Harper, Cole Stoudt

RB
1st Team: CJ Spiller
2nd Team: James Davis
Honorable Mention: Andre Ellington, Jamie Harper, Roderick McDowell

WR
1st Team: Sammy Watkins
2nd Team: DeAndre Hopkins
Honorable Mention: Martavis Bryant, Jacoby Ford, Tyler Grisham, Jaron Brown, Aaron Kelly, Adam Humphries

TE
1st Team: Dwayne Allen
2nd Team: Michael Palmer
Honorable Mention: Brandon Ford

OT
1st Team: Chris Hairston
2nd Team: Landon Walker
Honorable Mention: David Smith

OG
1st Team: Brandon Thomas
2nd Team: Tyler Shatley
Honorable Mention: Antoine McClain

C
1st Team: Dalton Freeman
2nd Team: Thomas Austin
Honorable Mention: Mason Cloy

DT
1st Team: Grady Jarrett
2nd Team: Bradon Thompson
Honorable Mention: Jarvis Jenkins, Deshawn Williams

DE
1st Team: Vic Beasley
2nd Team: Da’Quan Bowers
Honorable Mention: Ricky Sapp, Andre Branch, Kourtnei Brown, Malliciah Goodman, Tavares Barnes, Corey Crawford

ILB
1st Team: Stephone Anthony
2nd Team: Spencer Shuey
Honorable Mention: Kavell Conner

OLB
1st Team: Jonathan Willard
2nd Team: Tony Steward
Honorable Mention: Quandon Christian

CB
1st Team: Marcus Gilchrist
2nd Team: Bashaud Breeland
Honorable Mention: Coty Sensabaugh, Crezdon Butler, Byron Maxwell, Garry Peters

S
1st Team: DeAndre McDaniel
2nd Team: Robert Smith
Honorable Mention: Chris Clemons, Michael Hamlin, Rashard Hall, Jonathan Meeks

K
1st Team: Chandler Catanzaro
2nd Team: Mark Bucholz

P
1st Team: Bradley Pinion
2nd Team: Dawson Zimmerman

Current players who would likely factor into this list in the future:
Isaiah Battle (OT), Travis Blanks (S), Mackensie Alexander (CB), Ben Boulware (OLB), Wayne Gallan (RB), Shaq Lawson (DE), Charone Peake (WR), DJ Reader (DT), Mike Williams (WR, Tyrone Crowder (OG), Jayron Kearse (S), Artavis Scott (WR), Deshaun Watson (QB), Korrin Wiggins (S)

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Tajh Boyd by Distance and Area of Field – Final Edition

Interesting notes and minutiae on Tajh Boyd’s 2013 season.

  • 27 of Boyd’s 40 passes versus Ohio State were at or behind the line of scrimmage.
  • Boyd was 23 of 27 (85.2%) for 219 yards and a TD on passes at or behind line of scrimmage.
  • Boyd threw 17 passes to the left side of the field. 14 of those were behind the line of scrimmage, two were 3 yard TDs to Martavis Bryant. Only once did a pass to the left side travel more than 3 yards downfield.
  • For the season to deep (20+ yards) right side of field Boyd finishes 15/25 for 649 yards & 9 TDs. 26.0 yards per pass attempt and 36.0% TD rate.

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Boyd by Distance and Area of Field Through Game 12

Of Tajh Boyd’s 27 passes Saturday night 7 were at or behind the line of scrimmage and 11 of the 27 targeted Sammy Watkins.  As a matter of fact,  Watkins was targeted on 11 of Boyd’s first 22 pass attempts and at one point, across 3 series, was targeted on 5 straight Boyd pass attempts.

Boyd’s strength is throwing to the right and while he completed 8 of 11 passes to the right those passes were good for only 46 yards (and 1 interception) and 25 of those 46 yards came immediately prior to Boyd’s second interception (i.e. the game was over).
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