Each week, we’ll be identifying the best ACC player from that weekend’s games. As always, it’s a completely arbitrary award with no specific criteria beyond the vague concept of “excellence.” No, we don’t take write-ins.
Facing some huge expectations, Clemson needed a standout performance from senior quarterback Tajh Boyd on Saturday night in primetime. And against Georgia, the fifth-ranked team in the nation, that’s exactly what they got. Boyd was absolutely fantastic in the season opener, throwing for 270 yards with three TDs, while running for another two. He failed to turn the ball over once, and most notably, delivered a key scoring strike with just under eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter to grab a 10-point lead. With all of the hype about this team’s national title potential, and the additional talk about Boyd and a possible Heisman Trophy campaign, there were plenty of questions about whether or not Clemson was “ready” for it all. I think we’ve found our answer, and it should spell some very good things for the ACC this season.