The Washington Times - October 9, 2011, 06:30PM

It looks like there will be some form of quarterback certainty entering Maryland’s game against No. 8 Clemson on Saturday.

The Tigers can be credited for that.


Coach Dabo Swinney said on a teleconference Sunday that quarterback Tajh Boyd suffered a hip strain in Saturday’s defeat of Boston College and is “definitely probable” to play against the Terrapins at Byrd Stadium.

“We’re very fortunate and thankful that it looks like he’s going to be fine,” Swinney said. “He’s definitely probable for this game.”

Boyd has played exceptionally for the Tigers (6-0, 3-0 ACC), throwing for 1,742 yards, 15 touchdowns and one interception while starting six games. He left Saturday’s 36-14 victory with a hip injury that Swinney said might have been minimized had Boyd worn a hip pad.

Swinney said Boyd was actually a little more sore in his right thigh and had only a bruise on his hip and said he anticipated Boyd fully returning to practice on Tuesday.

“He didn’t have much pain in there today,” Swinney said. “Just very minimal.”

The welcome news for Clemson means the Tigers won’t be forced to start freshman Cole Stoudt, who was 6-for-10 for 36 yards on Saturday.

Maryland, meanwhile, played both Danny O’Brien and C.J. Brown as the Terps (2-3, 1-1) lost at Georgia Tech. Coach Randy Edsall said Sunday he does not expect to make a decision (at least publicly, anyway) on a starter until game time on Saturday.

—- Patrick Stevens