Former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd was selected by the New York Jets in the sixth round of the NFL draft and will be able to look to longtime friend and new teammate Michael Vick for guidance in his rookie season.
Boyd reached out to Vick during his junior season when weighing the options of returning to Clemson for his final year of eligibility or making the jump to the NFL.
"He just told me to make the decision for me," Boyd said of Vick, a longtime friend who is from the same area of coastal Virginia as Boyd. "He told me I'd get swayed and pulled from side to side. But he also said, 'Whatever you decide, go full throttle.' "
Boyd returned to the Tigers and did go "full throttle," placing his stamp on the Clemson record books.
Boyd, a two-time first-team All-ACC selection, threw for a conference-record 107 touchdowns and accounted for a league-best 133 scores during his career. His playing career with the Tigers spanned 47 games, during which he passed for 11,904 yards and posted 12 of the top 14 single-game passing-yardage totals in Clemson history.
During his senior season, he was responsible for 44 touchdowns and totaled 4,251 total yards.
In New York, Boyd will have to compete with third-string quarterback Matt Simms to make the team, as the Jets' top two players at the position are Geno Smith and Vick.
Boyd was also a Clemson teammate with Seth Ryan, son of of Jets coach Rex Ryan. Boyd will have some other Clemson connections in camp: offensive lineman Dalton Freeman and wide receiver Jacoby Ford, both former Tigers, are on the Jets' roster.