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Jets Draft QB Tajh Boyd

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- The New York Jets selected former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd with the 213th overall pick on Saturday.

Jets head coach Rex Ryan's son, Seth, is a freshman wide receiver on Clemson and gave the Jets and his father the inside scoop on Boyd.

"We probably had more insight into his character with my son being there," Ryan said. "My son talked about his leadership. He said he was the leader of that program as far as a player is concerned. He said that if Tajh called a meeting at 2 a.m., the entire football team would've been there. That speaks about the type of person he is. We're excited to bring Tajh here and let him compete."

The Jets now have veteran quarterback Michael Vick, second-year quarterback Geno Smith, Matt Simms and Boyd, who will all be in camp this summer.

"He said, 'How'd you like to be a Jet?' " Boyd said when asked what Ryan said to him on the phone. "It was probably the most refreshing call and the most exciting call I've received in my life."

Boyd was the 13th quarterback selected off the board. He is expected to compete with Simms for the No. 3 spot.

"Half those guys I beat in games," Boyd said of the quarterbacks selected before him. "It was a little frustrating, but once you get the call it all goes away."

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ESPN: Clemson's Sammy Watkins to Enter 2014 NFL Draft

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a record-setting performance in the Orange Bowl, Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins is declaring for the 2014 NFL Draft, reports ESPN.

Since stepping onto the field for Clemson, Watkins has been not only one of the best players on his team, but in the entire nation. He caught 27 touchdowns in his three seasons at Clemson. In his junior year alone, Watkins caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards and twelve touchdowns.

It is hard to deny Watkins' talent, especially after his Orange Bowl performance. He finished the game with 16 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns.

Scouts Inc. have rated Watkins as the highest rated wide receiver in the 2014 Draft.

Fellow Clemson wide receiver Martavis Bryant has also declared for the draft after catching 42 passes for 828 yards this season.

Quarterback Tajh Boyd will also enter the 2014 Draft after recently completing his senior season.

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Boyd, Watkins Lead (12) Clemson Past (7) Ohio State In Orange Bowl

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.) -- Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd and wide receiver Sammy Watkins made a final impression fans soon won't forget in the team's 40-35 win over Ohio State in the Orange Bowl.

Boyd completed 31 of 40 passes for 378 yards and five touchdowns. He also did damage in the running game, as he led Clemson with 127 rushing yards while scoring another touchdown on the ground.

"It's a very special night," Boyd said. "Just the significance of this game, not for me particularly, not for this team particularly, but for this university ... I couldn't pick a better way to go out as a senior."

The story of the game you could argue though, was Watkins. The junior wide receiver caught 16 passes on the night for 227 yards with two touchdowns.

In what is expected to be his final season at Clemson, Watkins caught 101 passes for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.

After starting their season 12-0 and in prime position to contend for a BCS National Championship, they end their season on a two-game losing streak.

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(8) Clemson Rocks Georgia Tech 55-31

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(CLEMSON, S.C.) -- Tajh Boyd threw for 340 yards and four touchdowns to help No. 8 Clemson rout Georgia Tech 55-31 at Memorial Stadium.

The senior put a scare into Clemson fans everywhere when he fell to the turf in pain at the end of the third quarter with what the school said was a left collarbone injury.

Boyd had X-Rays done during the game and nothing was broken.  He lobbied to return to the game but the Tigers (9-1, 7-1) were leading 41-24 at that point.

"If it was a dire situation I felt like I needed to play I felt like I could've," Boyd said. "But we were in a situation where it wasn't needed."

With four touchdown passes Thursday night, Boyd has passed Philip Rivers as the all-time leader in the ACC. 

It was the first home game for Clemson since they were demolished by No. 2 Florida State last month, and they wanted to make sure to take care of their home field this time around.

Georgia Tech dropped to 6-4 with the loss.

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No. 3 Clemson Pulls Away in the Second Half, Downs NC State 26-14

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- Tajh Boyd completed 24 of 37 passes for 244 yards and three touchdowns to lead the No. 3 Clemson Tigers past North Carolina State, 26-14, Thursday night.

NC State (2-1) made it a ballgame in the first half. After falling behind 6-0 on two Chandler Catanzaro field goals, the Wolfpack drove the ball 92 yards on their first drive of the second quarter, which ended with Shadrach Thornton rushing for a 21-yard touchdown. Nicklas Sade made the extra point and NC State went up 7-6.

Clemson (3-0) would answer on its final drive of the half when Boyd threw an 11-yard touchdown to Sam Cooper, as the Tigers went into the half with a 13-7 lead.

Clemson played strong in the second half, as Boyd threw two more touchdowns, both to junior receiver Martavis Bryant.

NC State quarterback Pete Thomas rushed for a four-yard touchdown with 3:50 left in the game, closing the margin to 12 points. The Wolfpack proceeded to attempt an onside kick, but Clemson recovered, pretty much ending any chance of a NC State comeback.

"Defensively we played great the entire game," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "It's unfortunate that we couldn't get that last stop. (In the second half) We played smarter, we executed better, we got the running game going and Tajh Boyd got going. Made some big plays in the passing game. Some plays that were there in the first half that we didn't make we converted on them in the second half. That was the difference in the game."

Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins had 10 catches for 96 yards in the win.

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(4) Clemson Handles South Carolina State, 52-13

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(CLEMSON, S.C.) -- Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd didn't have his greatest game, but it didn't matter in the teams' 52-13 win over South Carolina State.

Boyd completed 14 of 23 passes for 169 yards. He didn't throw a touchdown on Saturday, but he did run one in.

Even though Clemson had 512 total yards on offense, it was their defense that stepped up to give the team the win.

Cornerbacks Martin Jenkins and Darius Robinson each returned an interception for a touchdown, helping the Tigers lead 38-7 by halftime.

Even though the time of possession was nearly even, Clemson allowed South Carolina State to accumulate just 241 yards on offense.

The game got so out of hand, that Boyd didn't even play in the second half. Junior Cole Stoudt came in to replace Boyd, and proceeded to complete 19 of 20 passes for 143 yards and three touchdowns.

Sophomore running back C.J. Davidson added 63 rushing yards on 13 attempts while senior Roderick McDowell had 43 rushing yards on just eight carries.

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Quarterback Tajh Boyd Is Returning to Clemson

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(CLEMSON, S.C.) -- Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd announced Wednesday, that he will return to school for his senior season.

"For me it came down to my enjoyment here." Boyd said when explaining why he chose not to go pro." I love Clemson. I love college football. I feel like I had a good enough grade to go out and have an opportunity to compete (in the NFL), but at the same time...I'm just not ready to drop this right now."

Boyd led the Tigers to a 21-6 record during his two years as a starter, including an 11-2 record this past season.

He also threw for 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns this season, both school records. Boyd also rushed for 514 yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns.

Boyd holds 39 Clemson records.

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Catanzaro Kicks Clemson past LSU in Chick-fil-A Bowl

Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- Clemson kicked off the New Year just right.  The Tigers topped LSU on Chandler Catanzaro's 37-yard field goal as time expired on Monday night to give his team a 25-24 win over the No. 9 Tigers (10-3) in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Tajh Boyd led the Tigers (11-2) down the field with 1:39 remaining with a 10-play drive to set up the game-winner by Catanzaro.

"You can't win 12 until you win 11," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said on winning their 11th game of the season. "You can't win a national championship until you learn how to win games like this.

"This was a landmark win."

Boyd finished with 346 yards and two touchdowns in the victory.  Tigers' wide out DeAndre Hopkins was responsible for both touchdowns and finished with 191 yards for the game.

"Tajh Boyd was phenomenal," LSU coach Les Miles said. "I did not expect the heroic, if you will, efforts that he had."

Clemson's defense held LSU's running game to just 99 yards in the game and shut down quarterback Zach Mettenberger who was 14 for 23 with 123 yards and a touchdown.

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Clemson Destroys Wake Forest, 42-13

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.) --  Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd threw for a school record 428 yards and completed five touchdown passes as the 18th ranked Tigers destroyed Wake Forest, 42-13.

Boyd wasn't the only Tiger breaking records. Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins had eight catches for a school record 202 yards in the win. He also caught his first touch down of the season, a 61-yard bomb in the second quarter.

Quarterback Tanner Price threw for 232 yards for Wake Forest in the loss.

The win puts Clemson (7-1, 4-1 ACC) in a tie with Florida State for first in the Atlantic division of the ACC (although Florida State owns the head-to-head tiebreaker). The Demon Deacons are now 4-4 overall and 2-4 in the conference.

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