CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 8: Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers gets carted off the field after being injured in the second half against the Boston College Eagles at Memorial Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. Clemson won 36-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd is questionable for next Saturday's game at Maryland after he suffered a strained hip in Saturday's 36-14 win over Boston College, according to a school spokesman. Boyd had X-rays at Memorial Stadium, then had an MRI at Oconee Hospital in Seneca on Saturday night. The X-rays and MRI were negative. Boyd's status will be updated this week.
Papa Boyd said his son would be fine, and he was walking around the locker room after the game, so I'd venture to say that Boyd is probably going to be good to go by Saturday.
If he isn't, though, Clemson's fill-in at quarterback would be Cole Stoudt, a three-star true freshman who is 7-11 for 44 yards in his two games (Troy and Boston College). That's big, as Boyd has been fantastic this year: he's 16th in the country in yards per game at almost 300 ypg, 15th in the country in yards/attempt, and 17th nationally in QB rating. He's emerged as a legitimate Heisman contender at the helm of Chad Morris' offense, and has been crucial to Clemson's 6-0, top 10 start.
Obviously, if Clemson lost Boyd, their offense would be losing its teeth. The Tigers' running game this year has been good, but it's been Boyd and the passing game that's gotten them to where they are now. Even if Boyd is only less effective with the ding, it'd be a positive for the Terps, whose defense finally showed up earlier today against Georgia Tech. In fact, it might make a big upset for the Terrapins - which would be their first top-10 victory since 2007 - believable.