Celebration aside, Dabo says Tajh Boyd ready for 4-quarter stint if needed

Clemson will pour everything into No. 1 task at hand - beating The Citadel

Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu tackles Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. Boyd was injured on the play.

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Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu tackles Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. Boyd was injured on the play.

If Dabo Swinney has the opportunity, he'll undoubtedly give Tajh Boyd a fitting curtain call in his final Death Valley appearance on Saturday.

But if Boyd's contributions are needed to secure a victory over The Citadel, he'll be in the game until the bitter end.

"We're going to do whatever we have to do to win," said Swinney during a teleconference on Monday. "Tajh is fine. He wanted to come back in (against Georgia Tech). Winning this game is our only focus. If we need to play Tajh for four quarters, that's what we'll do. Hopefully we can play well and can get some of those other guys in there. But who knows?"

Boyd sat out the final quarter against Georgia Tech after suffering a bruised AC joint in his left shoulder when he was tackled on a run. He was x-rayed in the locker room and returned to the sideline, where he warmed up in hopes of returning to the game.

But with the Tigers in control, Cole Stoudt and Chad Kelly finished off the job.

"Everybody has bumps and bruises," said Swinney. "But as far as whether he can go and play four quarters of football, absolutely."

Looking back at the Tigers' 55-31 victory, Swinney said he was pleased with all aspects of the team's performance.

"It was just a great, complete-team win," he said. "I really liked the way our team played with a hard edge all night, and was very physical and very focused. It was good to see us get our running game going, and to limit their success on the ground.

"Offensively, I think we're just continuing to get better. There were a lot of big plays made and a lot of good decisions made. We were consistent in a lot of areas.

"Defensively, it was a solid performance all the way around, with the exception of a couple of big plays."

Player of the game honors went to wide receiver Martavis Bryant on offense, linebacker Quandon Christian on defense, and T.J. Green on special teams.

"I just like where we are right now," Swinney said. "It seems like we're playing our best football, which is where we need to be. We just need to continue to build our momentum and confidence and play with a physical mentality. That's what it's going to take for us to finish out the season the way we want."

Swinney said the Clemson defense will benefit from some carryover as it prepares for its second straight triple-option offense.

"It's unique that that's the way the schedule worked out," he said. "There will certainly be a lot of carryover for us. But every game is different, and you have go and play at a high level every week, with consistency and focus. We had great preparation last week."

Swinney expressed confidence that the Tigers will keep their minds on this week's business, and not look ahead to the following week's showdown with South Carolina.

"It's an emotional week when you know your seniors are playing their last home game ever in Death Valley," Swinney said. "This has been a really special group that has done a lot of great things here. For them to have a chance to close out their careers with a 10th win for the third year in a row would be a great accomplishment.

"Every game you're capable of losing. If we lose this game, then we've got bigger issues than the next one. That's just the way it is. This is the biggest game of the year. These guys want to finish on a very positive note and have the best possible post-season opportunity that we can have. The way you accomplish that is to stay focused on the task at hand, and the task at hand is The Citadel."

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DahlonegaJoe writes:

Focus on Citadel. Get ahead. Get some younger guys lots of experience. Celebrate….and then get ready to SC>
GO TIGERS

TigerNE writes:

As much as I want Boyd's last game in DV to be memorable, I want just as much to see a lot of snaps for Stoudt and Kelly. Give Boyd the full first quarter, and split the remaining time between the two other QBs. We need freshly tested backup for the game in Columbia. And we all want to get a glimpse into next year, too. Let Stoudt and Kelly compete on the field and show us even more of what they've got.

rsb8931#286014 writes:

No, Dabo. This is not the biggest game of the year. If it was there would be 84,000 in the stands Saturday afternoon. There may be close to that because it's the last game of the year at home. This will be a big game if we get beat but there is no other reason anybody cares about this game except the fact we can win by 75 points if we wanted to. This game shouldn't be on our schedule and it is insignificant unless we get beat. Oh, by the way Dabo, FSU was a bigger game than The Citadel by most people's opinion and most people is who pays your salary.

TigerNE writes:

in response to rsb8931#286014:

No, Dabo. This is not the biggest game of the year. If it was there would be 84,000 in the stands Saturday afternoon. There may be close to that because it's the last game of the year at home. This will be a big game if we get beat but there is no other reason anybody cares about this game except the fact we can win by 75 points if we wanted to. This game shouldn't be on our schedule and it is insignificant unless we get beat. Oh, by the way Dabo, FSU was a bigger game than The Citadel by most people's opinion and most people is who pays your salary.

A later article here states the game is sold out. Whether or not that makes it the 'biggest game of the year' is maybe moot. To the seniors it probably is since it's their last chance to hear the roar of a DV crowd.

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