Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) scores a touchdown during the second quarter against NC State. (Joshua S. Kelly-US PRESSWIRE)
(WLTX) --- Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd announced Wednesday that he is returning for his senior season, although he admitted in his news conference that for a time, he was leaning towards leaving school for the NFL.
Boyd said after his MVP performance in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, he received information that he could be anywhere from a second to a fourth-round draft pick. He said his stock did go up after his performance against LSU.
However, he said he feels like he has room to grow and feels like it will benefit him by returning to school and playing his senior season.
Boyd also added he feels the Tigers can compete for championships and wants to be a part of that.
"That game against LSU can be a big boost to the offseason," Boyd said.
"I feel like we can take this program to the next level."
Boyd admitted that he sought advice from NFL quarterback Michael Vick who told Boyd that the decision had to be in his best interest.
Vick grew up in Hampton, Virginia which is roughly 15 minutes from Boyd's hometown of Newport News, VA.
Boyd was asked about whether he was worried if he might suffer an injury similiar to the one suffered by Marcus Lattimore.
Boyd said as terrible as Lattimore's situation is, that is the chance you take when you step on the field.
"When you sign up and put you name on that uniform, you are a modern-day gladiator," Boyd said. "You can't assume you won't get hurt."
On Thursday, Tiger receiver Nuke Hopkins will announce his plans for the future. It has long been speculated he will turn pro.
Regardless, with National Signing Day just around the corner, the biggest news leading up to that will be that the Tigers will have their All-American quarterback for a final season.