College Preview: Clemson @ Wake Forest

  • Clemson @ Wake Forest
  • Groves Stadium, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • September 25th, 6:30 p.m. CDT, ESPN


#10 QB Tajh Boyd, Redshirt-Junior – 6-0½, 225 pounds, 4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 3rd/4th-round potential for the NFL Draft.

After a strong sophomore season when he became the Tigers starting quarterback, Boyd came into the 2012 season after losing 20 pounds. That’s given him better mobility and he’s using his legs this season to make plays and elude the rush. So far this season, he’s completed 67 percent of his passes for 1,908 yards or 8.6 yards per passing play. He’s thrown 15 TDs against 6 INTs and has been sacked 15 times. In 7 games, Clemson is 6-1 with their only loss coming at Florida State. His best game came against Boston College when he threw for 367 yards and 3 TDs in a 45-31 victory. Over this season, he’s run for 251 yards on 91 carries with 4 TD runs. In his career, Boyd has thrown 52 TD passes and 21 INTs. He’s from Hampton, Virginia, an area that starting with Michael Vick has produced a string of talented quarterbacks. At Phoebus High School, Boyd led his team to a pair of state titles and had a 43-2 record as the starting quarterback. He played his senior season with a torn ACL but did not have surgery until January, after the season was completed.

Wake Forest

#40 OLB Joey Ehrmann, Redshirt-Senior – 6-4, 220 pounds, 4.66 seconds in the 40-yard dash, 7th-round prospect for NFL Draft.

Over his career, Ehrmann has played an outside linebacker-rush backer role for the Demon Deacons defense. He’s been a starter since 2010 and has been productive in all areas save sacks. Ehrmann plays on a high motor with great intensity. So far this season he has 24 tackles in six games with 4 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Over his 43-game career, Ehrmann has 116 total tackles, 16.5 for loss 6.5 sacks 2 INTs and 5 forced fumbles. He came out of the Gilman School in Baltimore where he helped lead the team to a Class A state title when he was team MVP and captain. He also was a big contributor to Gilman’s lacrosse team that held a No. 2 national ranking in 2007. Ehrmann is the son of 13-year NFL veteran Joe Ehrmann who spent most of his career with the Baltimore Colts. Young Joey will be 23 years old when the 2013 NFL Draft is held next April.

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