Spring Practice-Clemson

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Tajh Boyd is back for another ride as he and his Tigers are not done yet.

This spring the Tigers get a present, it’s the guy pictured above, he’s coming back! The fifth-year senior quarterback decided to forgo the NFL Draft for another season at Clemson. Boyd comes back to an offense that lost its running back Andre Ellington and wide out DeAndre Hopkins to graduation/NFL Draft, as both are impressive players, but the offense returns possibly its greatest threat in wide out Sammy Watkins. The offense should continue its dominance and the move of Boyd coming back helps their future as well, as the backup quarterbacks can watch a future NFL prospect for another year and learn that much more from him. Veteran backup Cole Stoudt, and up and comer, former Under Armour All-American dual threat quarterback Chad Kelly, who is the nephew of former NFL quarterback and Hall-of-famer Jim Kelly, are his backups and you could see that competition intensify as these guys are battling for playing time and the position for the 2014 season. Kelly and Stoudt have already expressed the intensity via twitter as Kelly said that he was coming to Clemson to be the starter and that Stoudt was “on the bench for a reason.” This type of competition coupled with Boyd returning gives the Tigers and their faithful something to grasp as they move forward as it looks like the most important position is covered for a while.

The defense gets three instant stars who can help right away, CB Mackensie Alexander, ILB Ben Boulware, and OLB Dorian O’Daniel. These guys fit nicely into Venables system. They look to be young but talented on this side of the ball, kind of like the Georgia Bulldogs who they meet in the season opener on August 31 at 8:00 pm on ABC. This spring should heed great challenges and triumphs all the way until their annual spring game on Saturday April 13, 2013 at 4:00 pm.

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