Sizing up the competition: Tajh Boyd, QB stability put Clemson ahead of ACC curve

Eight of 14 quarterback spots open in ACC, three returnees working under new coaches in 2013

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd dives for a touchdown during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd dives for a touchdown during the third quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Stability at the quarterback position should help give Clemson a jump-start on many of its ACC rivals this spring, as teams begin preparations for the 2013 season.

Clemson, North Carolina, and Wake Forest are the only three teams that will begin the 2013 season with both returning starters and no coaching change.

Wake's Tanner Price is back for his fourth season, while both Clemson's Tajh Boyd and UNC's Bryn Renner are beginning their third years as starters.

Also returning as starters will be Miami's Stephen Morris, Boston College's Chase Rettig and Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas, but all will be working under new offensive coordinators.

Following is a team-by-team look at how the quarterback position shapes up this spring for Clemson's ACC rivals:

Atlantic Division

Boston College: Chase Rettig will back at the controls of the Eagle offense, coached by new coordinator Ryan Day, who was BC's wide receivers coach before serving on new Eagles' head coach Steve Addazio's staff at Temple in 2012.

Florida State: Two-year backup Clint Trickett will try to hold off challenges from sophomore Jacob Coker and redshirt freshman Jameis Winston for the starting spot. At this point, Jimbo Fisher is looking for replacements for offensive staff members James Coley and Billy Napier.

Maryland: With C.J. Brown, Caleb Rowe and Perry Hills still rehabbing injuries, transfers Ricardo Young and Dustin Dailey will share snaps this spring.

N.C. State: Top candidates to replace Mike Glennon are Pete Thomas, a transfer from Colorado who was a two-year starter there, and Manny Stocker.

Wake Forest: The Deacons are set, with three-year starter Tanner Price returning.

Syracuse: With Ryan Nassib on his way to the NFL, there should be wide-open competition among Terrel Hunt, John Kinder and Charley Loeb.

Coastal Division

Duke: Last year's backup, Anthony Boone, will be the favorite to take over for three-year starter Sean Renfree.

Georgia Tech: Paul Johnson is expected to seamlessly plug Vad Lee into Tevin Washington's spot.

Miami: The talented but erratic Stephen Morris is back, working under new offensive coordinator James Coley, who served in the same capacity at FSU the past three seasons.

North Carolina: Bryn Renner returning for his third season as starter will help the Tar Heel offense make up for the loss of running back Gio Bernard to the NFL.

Virginia: New offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild will open up the competition, which will include Phillip Sims, David Walford, Matt Johns and former Clemson recruiting target Greyson Lambert.

Virginia Tech: Logan Thomas' decision to return for his senior season gives the Hokies' stability, as new offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler installs a new offense.

Pittsburgh: Like fellow ACC newcomer Syracuse, Pitt loses a veteran quarterback in Tino Sunseri. Candidates include Tom Savage, a transfer from Arizona, Trey Anderson and redshirt freshman Chad Voytik, a one-time Clemson recruiting target.

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