“I don’t know what is wrong with all of y’all," Dabo Swinney told members of the media gathered in the Clemson team room on Tuesday for his weekly news conference.
Swinney's rhetorical ire was directed at a larger audience, including those on platforms that shape the national discussion on matters like Heisman Trophy contenders.
"I know I'm biased, but I don’t know of a quarterback playing better in the country than Tajh Boyd," Swinney said. "I know I haven’t studied every player, but I know who they are. I can’t imagine a guy that has meant more to his team than Tajh Boyd."
Boyd was eliminated from consideration for the Davey O'Brien Award, presented annually to the nation's top quarterback, in favor of Ohio State's Braxton Miller, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Kansas State's Collin Klein.
Boyd's numbers back up Swinney's contention.
He comes into the Tigers' regular-season finale ranked No. 1 in the nation in scoring responsibility, with 250 points (passing and rushing) - an average of 22.73 points per game. He ranks second nationally in passing efficiency with a 172.73 rating, has passed for 3,367 yards, is averaging 9.54 yards per passing attempt, and has completed 67.99 percent of his passes.
He ranks seventh in the nation in total offense with 3,833 yards (348.45 per game). He has gained 650 yards on the ground and has 184 yards in sack losses, for a net rushing total of 466 yards.
"This guy has 33 touchdown passes," said Swinney. "He has 41 touchdowns. It’s incredible how he has played, and incredible the leadership he has displayed. And we are a 10-1 football team.
"I see some of the guys they talk about and I'm like ‘Wow.’ I wouldn’t trade my guy for any of them. You can tell me I can have any of them, and I'm keeping the one I got.
"Maybe they will figure it out one of these days. This guy is a special player. He is a winner, and that's just the bottom line. He was a winner in high school, and he's a winner here.
"He has fun - he's fun to be around every day. He always has a smile on his face. He makes big plays."
Swinney says that Boyd's special plays come so frequently that no one seems to take notice.
"He has made some throws that we have just become used to around here," Swinney said. "No big deal - a 20-yard stop route to the field on a rope. No problem. Just like it's easy. He makes it look easy.
"He’s a special player. He really is. I’m really proud of him. But he will get his time. Sooner or later people will start paying attention.”