It’s easy to get lost in the numbers Tajh Boyd is putting up, going into a season where he’s sure to a Heisman candidate.
The Hampton, Va. native has led the ACC in total offense back-to-back seasons, compiling 8,456 yards in two seasons as a starter – 1,836 more than the next conference QB in that span (Virginia Tech’s Logan Thomas).
Going into 2013, Boyd is the fourth among the active FBS career leaders in total offense (8,818). No. 1 on the list? Georgia’s Aaron Murray (10,301).
In career total touchdowns, Boyd (89) is only second behind Murray (104), who has started one more season than the Tigers’ QB.
It doesn’t hurt Boyd – angling for a seat at the table at the Downtown Athletic Club in NYC come December – how well he shaped up against last season’s winner, Texas A&M’s Johnny Football (Manziel).
The Clemson signal-caller was responsible for just two less points (280), averaging 21.54 per game, and against tougher defenses by the numbers.
Boyd took on three top-11 and five defenses in the nation’s top-21, while Manziel faced six top-20 defenses (three top-10; three top-20).
In the one common opponent, the Tigers’ rising senior accounted for 18 points in the comeback win over No. 9 LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, while the freshman phenom didn’t score (and threw three interceptions) in a 24-19 home loss to the Bayou Bengals earlier in the season.
On average, Boyd faced an average total ‘D’ of 58.92 to Manziel’s 62.31.
ACC career records are within reach across the board for the Tigers’ gunslinger in 2013 (numbers for a share of the record):
Total Offense – 4,764 yards (N.C. State QB Philip Rivers, 2000-03). Boyd sits in 20th all-time, but is just 941 yards from passing former Tiger Charlie Whitehurst in fifth. Boyd led the ACC with 4,410 total yards last season.
Touchdown Responsibility – 23 (Rivers). The Tigers’ third-year starter, after breaking then re-breaking the ACC single season marks in the stat two seasons in a row, sits in third place three scores behind former Wolfpack QB Russell Wilson. Boyd accounted for 46 scores last season.
Touchdown Passes – 22 (Rivers). Boyd is third place here, again behind Wilson. He threw for 36 touchdowns last season.
Passing Yards – 5,431 (Rivers). This one will be hard to grab, as he’d have to increase his passing yards by over 39 percent from 2012. He can, however, easily pass Charlie Whitehurst with over 1,612 yards for the school mark and a spot in the top-five all-time in the ACC.
QB Rushing Touchdowns – 22. Even less likely, but with 11 scores – he can tie Woody Dantzler (27) and crack the top-four. VT’s Thomas is currently No. 7 on the list (20).