Defensive coordinators across the Atlantic Coast Conference let out a collective groan after Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd announced Wednesday he would be returning to the school for his senior season.

The ACC player of the year set a school record with 4,410 yards of total offense and 46 total touchdowns. With his help, the Tigers ranked ninth in the nation in total offense (513 yards per game) and were one win away from returning to the Orange Bowl.

His return all but guarantees that Clemson should be the preseason favorite to win the ACC when the season kicks off next fall.

Boyd isn’t the only big name quarterback to decide to return for another go around.

Georgia’s Aaron Murray and Alabama’s AJ McCarron have both decided to put off their dreams of the NFL to return to their teams for one more season.

McCarron led the Crimson Tide to their second consecutive national championship while Murray helped the Bulldogs win back-to-back SEC East division crowns. Both Georgia and Alabama should be preseason favorites to win their divisions next season as well.

So far, 61 underclassman of announced their intent to forgo their final season of eligibility and enter this April’s NFL Draft

 

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