Power Ball: Tajh Boyd getting the job done in red zone, short-yardage

'If it's short yardage, I'm going to get it. I'm trying my best not to be denied. I'm going bring my whole 225 into getting it'

Clemson's Tajh Boyd dives for a first down during the fourth quarter at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Clemson's Tajh Boyd dives for a first down during the fourth quarter at Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina.

A '225-pound sledgehammer' is an uncommon description for a Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback.

But if that's what the Tigers need, then Tajh Boyd says he'll do his best to deliver.

As Clemson heads into the second third of the season, Boyd has clearly emerged as the Tigers' top short-yardage power back.

"We’ve been one of the best teams in the country in short yardage and that’s transferred over to red zone offense," said offensive coordinator Chad Morris. "(Boyd) is extremely confident in what we’re calling and doing, and he’s kind of got a knack for it. He knows how to set his blocking up and fall forward two and three yards.

"Growing up, I played a lot different positions - right tackle and defensive end, and after that I played some fullback, running back, linebacker and safety," Boyd said. "In the environment I grew up in, you had to be competitive in all aspects.

"If it's short yardage, I'm going to get it. I'm trying my best not to be denied. I'm going bring my whole 225 into getting it."

At first Boyd, who was rehabbing a torn ACL when he first arrived at Clemson, was less than sold on being the running quarterback Morris wanted.

"I had to embrace the role because of the offense we're playing," Boyd said. "One of the things that Coach Morris told me after my first spring here: 'if you can't get it done, I'll find somebody who will.' That was like a light bulb popping up. I was going to do whatever it takes to satisfy this coach. It's been a great ride with him so far.

"If the ball's in my hands, I'm going to everything I can to get five or six yards."

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