When you read the headline you probably were thinking, “get out of here with that nonsense,” but the Aaron Rodgers comparison is one that has been directed towards Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd and a very reputable man has been the latest to tag Boyd with that praise. Quarterback guru George Whitfield has been blown away with Boyd’s progress as a college quarterback and he’s very excited about what could be ahead for the Clemson signal-caller in 2013.
Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris are a big reason for Boyd’s development as a quarterback, but you can never count out the game experience either.
Whitfield has spent a lot of time watching Boyd and he is very familiar with Rodgers, a former pupil, so you listen when Whitfield makes the comparison, and that is exactly what he did via TigerNet.com.
But how is Boyd college football’s version of Aaron Rodgers?
Whitfield points out Boyd’s strong arm and quick release, as well as his ability to “beat you in every facet” with his “quick eyes, quick mind and quick feet.”
In that aspect, you have to appreciate the comparison.
Boyd is one of the bright stars in college football and is a preseason Heisman front-runner. There will be a lot of attention on Boyd this season with a highly touted Clemson team and he will have every opportunity to shine in the team’s offense.
Is it silly to say compare Boyd to Rodgers? If you are saying that he is just as good, than yes, but Whitfield is simply saying that Boyd has the same skill set and it makes for a very dangerous weapon leading the Clemson offense. It is now up to Boyd to put together his skill set and play up to his potential so that Whitfield doesn’t look like a whack job for comparing him to one of the NFL’s best.