CLEMSON – Tajh Boyd continued his effective play Wednesday, completing 10 of 15 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in a scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.
In two scrimmages this summer the sophomore quarterback has completed 20 of 27 passes for 348 yards and three touchdowns with no turnovers.
They are dramatic strides from the spring game when Boyd completed 8 of 24 passes for 114 yards. Wednesday’s showing was a testament to his increased comfort in the offense and the infusion of talent to the roster.
"Tajh is having a really, really good camp," Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris said. "This is his second full scrimmage to where he has yet to turn the ball over. He’s doing a good job managing the game. He doesn’t have to win games for us. Get the ball to our playmakers. That’s what’s so versatile about this offense is we have so many different ways to get the ball to our playmakers."
Coach Dabo Swinney raved about the Boyd-led offensive effort.
"That is probably as clean, crisp and well-executed offensive scrimmage I have seen since I have been at Clemson," Swinney said. "I’m just very, very impressed with what we did on offense today."
The success might also speak to the loss of six defensive starters from last season. Still, it is encouraging progress for an offense that ranked 88th nationally in total yards last season.
"We are taking big steps right now," Morris said. "They have a lot of confidence in themselves."
Bellamy out again
Freshman back Mike Bellamy was held out of practice for a second straight day Wednesday with what is being described as a minor shoulder injury. Swinney said he initially feared Bellamy separated his shoulder in taking a hit in practice earlier this week.
"He’s going to be OK," Swinney said. "We thought it was worse than it was. He is feeling pretty good, he has a good range of motion. I’m hoping we’ll have him back in the next couple of days."
Freshman receiver Sammy Watkins is already creating separation on the depth chart in large part due to his ability to create separation from defensive backs.
"He creates a lot of great separation," Morris said. "He has great explosiveness."
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Morris on freshmen skill players: "You can’t keep playmakers on the sideline . I didn’t think that they would grasp this much and allow us to progress as fast as we have."
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Morris said the deep-passing game is back at Clemson. "We are hitting some deep balls. We are making some things happen and what I like about it is because we are pushing people deep we are opening (the short passing game)."
Watkins has switched his jersey number to No. 2. Watkins had been wearing No. 7 like fellow freshman Tony Steward but since both players could be on special teams units this fall they could not share the number.