Tajh Boyd

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Tajh Boyd
Tajh Boyd running against Florida State (cropped).jpg
Boyd during his tenure with Clemson.
No. 2  Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Quarterback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-09-25) September 25, 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth: Hampton, Virginia
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Hampton (VA) Phoebus
College: Clemson
NFL draft: 2014 / Round: 6 / Pick: 213
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
TD–INT: --
Passing yards: --
QB Rating: --
Stats at NFL.com

Tajh Boyd (born September 25, 1990) is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Clemson where he was the starting quarterback from 2011 to 2013.

Early years[edit]

Boyd attended Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia. As a starter he was 43-2 winning 2 state championships in that tenure. He was awarded the Pete Dawkins Trophy for being the co-MVP of the 2009 U.S. Army All-American Bowl after completing seven of nine passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns.[1]

College career[edit]

Tajh Boyd scrambles during a 2013 game vs. the Maryland Terrapins.

After being redshirted in 2009, Boyd spent 2010 as the backup quarterback to Kyle Parker. He finished the season completing 33 of 63 passes for 329 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

Boyd took over as the starter in 2011.[2] Boyd led the Tigers to a 10-4 record, winning the ACC Championship and setting up a game against West Virginia in the Orange Bowl. Although the Tigers lost the Orange Bowl in record fashion, 70-33, Boyd had a highly successful year. He finished the year completing 298 of 499 passes for 3,828 yards and 33 passing touchdowns. He also ran for 218 yards and five touchdowns.[3] He was also mentioned as a possible 2012 Heisman Trophy candidate.[4]

During his second year as a starter in 2012, Boyd helped lead the Tigers to an 11-2 record, completing 287 of 427 passes for 3,896 yards, 36 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. On November 17, 2012 in a game against NC State, he broke the ACC record for most touchdowns in a game. Boyd threw five touchdown passes and ran for three more, collecting eight total touchdowns and racking up 529 all-purpose yards.[5] After the season he was named the ACC Player of the Year and AFCA 1st team All-American.[6] In the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl game against the LSU Tigers, Boyd completed 36 of 50 pass attempts for 346 yards and two passing touchdowns as well as a rushing touchdown and was named the game's MVP.[7]

As a senior in 2013, the Tigers went 11-2, with Boyd completing 283 of 413 passes for 3,851 yards, 34 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. On November 14, 2013 Boyd set the ACC career passing touchdowns record.[8][9] In his final college game against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the 2014 Orange Bowl, Boyd helped lead the Tigers to a 40-35 victory, completing 31 of 40 passes for 378 yards and five passing touchdowns. He also had 127 rushing yards and a touchdown.[10] His performance set an Orange Bowl record for total yards in a game.[11]

Boyd finished his career with school records and conference records for passing yards with 11,904 and passing touchdowns with 107. He is currently the all time leader in both of those categories.

Professional career[edit]

New York Jets[edit]

Boyd was selected with the 213th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. [12] Boyd was released on August 30, 2014.[13]

FXFL[edit]

Boyd later played in the Fall Experimental Football League with the Florida Blacktips and later the Boston Brawlers.

Detroit Lions[edit]

Boyd later had a tryout with the Detroit Lions in February 2015 with the possibility of him signing during the 2015 off season.

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

Boyd signed a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers on March 6, 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Boyd is a Christian.[14] His cousin, Darrell Roseman, was an offensive lineman at Auburn.[15]

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