Today Tajh Boyd announced he will be returning in the fall to play his senior season at Clemson.
“This is a great day for me, as I have a great love for Clemson University, and a great love for college football.” Boyd said. “We still have a lot to accomplish as a team, and I have some personal goals I would like to attain at this level before turning my attention to the NFL.”
Boyd then went deeper into his decision to stay in school.
“I’m not going to lie, I like being hit. I get a real rush out of that feeling – just being tackled hard by big defensive linemen and linebackers,” he said. “I’m afraid by going to the NFL I won’t get that feeling, because those offensive linemen protect really well, unlike what I get here week in and week out.”
“This may come as a surprise, but I don’t necessarily want to be protected on every play. I crave getting hit.”
There’s one team in particular he’s looking forward to facing.
“Oh, I’ve got that trip to Williams Brice circled,” Boyd said. “I mean, let’s get one thing straight, we’re not going to win that game. As Clemson Tigers we all need to go ahead and resign ourselves to that fact. But me? I’m looking forward to getting sacked multiple times. Driven into the turf. Blindsided. You name it, I can’t wait.”
The thought of playing against Jadeveon Clowney made for a very emotional moment for Boyd.
“When Clowney hits you it’s just the best. It’s so powerful, and it hurts like crazy. I can’t wait until November so I can feel that feeling again and again,” he said. “That hit in the Outback Bowl…”
Boyd paused for several moments with his hand over his mouth to compose himself.
“It was magical, man. I still have dreams about that – taking a shot right to the chest, helmet flying off – wishing that was me. It CAN be me, that’s one of the main reasons I came back.”
When asked what he will be working on with offensive coordinator Chad Morris during the offseason he didn’t hesitate.
“A lot of runs…to Clowney’s side.”