Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd got a sneak peak at his season opening opponent when he and some of his teammates went to Athens and watched some of Georgia’s spring game. The Tigers will host the Bulldogs on Saturday night of Labor Day Weekend in a showdown of teams with conference and national championship aspirations. And if any Bulldogs were in the audience for Clemson’s spring game Saturday, they saw the Tigers’ passing game humming, even with Boyd as a spectator.
Boyd was dressed Saturday but did not play. He watched as one of his backups, Cole Stoudt, passed for a spring game record 304 yards and 4 touchdowns, while the other, Chad Kelly, suffered what appeared to be a torn ACL.
The last time Clemson fans saw star receiver Sammy Watkins in action, he was prone on the Georgia Dome turf after badly spraining his ankle against LSU in the bowl game. But Watkins came back this spring healthy and focused for what in all likelihood will be his swan song with the Tigers. He showed off his All American form Saturday with 7 catches, 2 going for touchdowns.
Clemson offensive coordinator wanted to rev up the engine of his offense this spring. A faster pace means more plays and Saturday the Tigers ran over 140 plays between the two offenses and rolled up over 800 total yards, the vast majority of that coming thru the air.
Kelly’s injury solidifies Stoudt as the #2 quarterback going into the fall. Still be settled is the starter at left tackle and whether or not Ryan Norton will remain at center or move to guard.