LSU's Les Miles marvels at Tajh Boyd's toughness, determination, playmaking ability

'I don't know how many yards he got rushing, but every yard he got, he got drilled. He just kept getting up and made plays for Clemson'

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd celebrates a 25-24 win over LSU with teammates, including Clemson strong safety Rashard Hall holding trophy, at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

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Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd celebrates a 25-24 win over LSU with teammates, including Clemson strong safety Rashard Hall holding trophy, at the Chick-Fil-A Bowl at the Georgie Dome in Atlanta, Ga.

Respect.

Tajh Boyd earned that, and more, from LSU coach Les Miles Monday night.

"Tajh Boyd was phenomenal," Miles said. "I did not expect the heroic, if you will, efforts that he had."

Boyd's numbers speak for themselves: 36-of-50 passing, 346 yards, two touchdowns, the game's biggest single play, and records on top of records.

That wasn't what turned Miles into a one-man Tajh Boyd Admiration Society, however.

Not counting the numerous plays on which Boyd was hit after he released the football, Clemson's quarterback was brought to ground 29 times by LSU's defense, including five sacks.

Miles doesn't remember a single tackle that wasn't a punishing hit; that being LSU's trademark way of 'affecting' the opposing quarterback.

"I don't know how many yards he got rushing, but every yard he got, he got drilled," said Miles. "He just kept getting up and made plays for Clemson and scrambled out and kept the ball alive and made a pass.

"I just want you to know he played extremely well in this game. Very, very, very big night for him...That's what I have to give Tajh Boyd - I saw a number of our men really hit him clean shots. It's amazing how he continued to play as well as he did."

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TigerMarine writes:

Ya I think Tajh would have been better off to go 3 rounds with Mike Tyson but he had the courage and dedication to stand in there and take the shots. I give u much respect sir !

itsdub writes:

Not to mention all the not so clean hits taken by Boyd.

Bigboots writes:

Tajh played the game of his life.
Great performance. Made some great throws and picked up some yardage rushing. Scrambled to keep plays alive. Showed a lot of toughness and courage. Showed leadership beyond what I have seen from him in the past.

Hopkins was equally impressive in every respect. I'd love to see him return for another year, but he will have a decision to make.
I wish him the best either way.

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