Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd has decided to return for his senior season and pass up a shot at the NFL draft.
The junior announced his intentions Wednesday at a news conference at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C.
"I've been part of a great family and learned so much as a person and a player, and I don't think I'm ready to give that up yet," he said
Boyd acknowledged that he strongly considered jumping into the NFL draft pool but felt like he still had work to accomplish in college. The 6-foot-1, 225-pounder isn't projected as a first-round pick this year by many scouting services.
The 2012 season was Boyd's best. The two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference performer passed for 3,896 yards and 36 touchdowns and also rushed for 514 yards and 10 TDs. Clemson (11-2) finished the season with a Chick-fil-A Bowl win over LSU.
Boyd might be considered among the leading contenders for the 2013 Heisman Trophy.
"As explosive as we've been, there's more to attain, more out there," Boyd said, according to USA Today. I think that game against LSU was a big boost heading into this offsesason. I feel we can take even that next step, attain that next level as a team."
Boyd's teammate, junior wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, has yet to decide on his future. The potential first-round pick caught 82 passes for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season.