Tajh Boyd had a pretty rough weekend
Boyd, who finished 17-of-37 for 156 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions—and a season-low 34.7 QBR—in a disappointing performance against the Seminoles, was quick to shoot down the reports.
“I don’t really know where that came from,” Boyd said on Tuesday, according to The State. “When I heard it, it was pretty shocking. That being built on top of the loss made it a rough little weekend.”
Coach Dabo Swinney commented on the matter too, backing his senior leader and telling media there was nothing to come of the fabrication.
“It's disappointing that we live in this world where things like that happen,” Swinney said. “I have no reason not to trust [Boyd], absolutely. No question, his integrity is impeccable.”
Swinney has a very good point: Since his arrival to Clemson, Boyd has done nothing on or off the field to lead anyone to believe this story would be accurate. He's a team captain, makes weekly appearances with the media, and goes out of his way to be friendly to the entire student body whenever possible.
Besides, why would he even touch something like this when he's projected to be a high-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft? Boyd is an intelligent guy and knows he'll be given a top-dollar check by next summer—far more than he could make putting a couple hundo on (NFL team A) to beat (NFL team B).
I think we can put this rumor back to the mill where it began and let Clemson/Boyd move on from its worst home loss in school history. The Tigers play Maryland this upcoming weekend, and if they lose that game, a faux gambling debt will be the least of their worries.
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