Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd announced on Wednesday that he is returning for his senior season. Joe Schad reported the news via Twitter, prior to Boyd making it official at a 2:30 ET press conference.
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd plans to announce today he will return for a senior season.
— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 9, 2013
“I had pros and cons for each side, but for me it came down to my enjoyment here. I love Clemson, I love college football, I feel like I had a good enough grade to go out and have an opportunity to go out there and compete. But at the same time, I’m just not ready to drop this right now. I feel like we’ve got a lot of things we have left on the table.”
Boyd had an outstanding junior campaign, passing for 36 touchdowns and 3896 yards to lead Clemson to an 11-2 final record. Capping off the season was a fourth quarter rally to down LSU in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Boyd and top target, wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, had perhaps their best combined effort yet in that final stanza.
Hopkins has not yet confirmed his intention for 2013. But should Hopkins return alongside Boyd, Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris will oversee one of the most potent passing attacks in college football. Sammy Watkins is back in the fold for another season — Watkins was the breakout star of the 2011 Tigers, catching 82 passes for 1219 yards and 12 touchdowns. His suspension at the beginning of the season opened the door for Hopkins’ emergence as the primary weapon in the Tiger offense.