Ex-Clemson QB emulating J.T. Barrett in practice
Remember Tajh Boyd?
Boyd was the starting quarterback at Clemson from 2011-13 and was taken in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Boyd was eventually released by the Jets and now has some free time on his hands.
With that free time, the former Tigers star is helping his alma mater out by emulating Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett in practice on the scout team.
Clemson had @TajhB10 practicing at scout team QB today, playing the role of Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett
— Gene Sapakoff (@Sapakoff) December 16, 2016
While Boyd was a good thrower in college, he had the same style as Barrett in the sense of being able to run. Between his sophomore through senior seasons, Boyd ran it 482 times for 1,132 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Clemson already has its own dynamic threat at quarterback in Deshaun Watson, but bringing in a former stud who made it to the NFL can’t hurt. Ohio State will play Clemson at 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 on ESPN.
The NCAA allows former players to participate in practices, but the practice time has to be limited and not announced publicly beforehand. Just over a month ago, Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer found out that using former players in practice on scout teams was even a thing.