Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd still has much to prove

North quarterback Tajh Boyd (Clemson) throws a pass Monday at Ladd Peebles Stadium in preparation for the Senior Bowl.
North quarterback Tajh Boyd (Clemson) throws a pass Monday at Ladd Peebles Stadium in preparation for the Senior Bowl.(John David Mercer, USA Today Sports)

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd thrived during his four years in the Atlantic Coast Conference, breaking the conference record with 102 career touchdown passes.

Boyd passed for 3,851 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions last season and was named all-conference for the third time.

But Boyd still has a lot to prove at the Senior Bowl. He struggled with his accuracy and timing Monday and Tuesday, forcing his receivers to adjust their patterns to secure his errant throws.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound passer has an unconventional delivery and tends to make plenty of plays by improvising. He's regarded as a middle-round to later-round draft prospect one year after opting to remain in school after a junior season when he was named ACC Player of the Year and was widely projected as a fourth-round draft pick.

"Obviously, I think I can throw," Boyd said. "I want to go out there and answer every question possible. There's nothing I feel like I can't do. I have nothing to prove to myself, but some people may question the system or how I understand certain things. I want to show that I can go out here and do whatever they need me to do."

Boyd is shorter than ideal at 6-foot-1, 225 pounds, but is still regarded as an intriguing dual-threat prospect.


Last season, Boyd led Clemson to an 11-2 season capped with a 40-35 Orange Bowl victory over Ohio State where he completed 31 of 40 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns with 127 rushing yards and a touchdown.

Boyd said he's guarding against trying to do too much to show critics they're wrong about him.

"You can't go out there and press," Boyd said. "I learned that early in my career. When you press, you don't do what you need to do. We're not playing in a game right now, but you've got to be who you are."

Torn ACL for Colvin

Oklahoma cornerback Aaron Colvin was off to a fast start at practice this week, shadowing receivers all over the field.

Now, Colvin is dealing with unfortunate circumstances just as he was making a positive impression on NFL teams.

Colvin is heading for surgery after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Tuesday afternoon during practice, according to his agent, Ken Sarnoff.

Representing the Ravens

As usual, the Ravens have a large contingent of coaches, scouts and executives at the Senior Bowl.

Besides general manager Ozzie Newsome, the Ravens' delegation included assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, director of college scouting Joe Hortiz, senior personnel assistant George Kokinis, national scout Joe Douglas, assistant director of pro personnel Chad Alexander, several area scouts, vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty, offensive line coach Juan Castillo, tight ends coach Wade Harman, receivers coach Jim Hostler, senior offensive assistant Craig Ver Steeg, defensive coordinator Dean Pees, defensive line coach Clarence Brooks, linebackers coach Ted Monachino, inside linebackers coach Don Martindale, defensive quality control Matt Weiss, senior defenive assistant Steve Spagnuolo and special-teams coordinator and assistant head coach Jerry Rosburg.

Ravens head coach John Harbaugh isn't at the Senior Bowl.

He's been concentrating his efforts on interviewing offensive coordinator candidates since former offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell was hired as the Detroit Lions' new head coach.



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