November 13, 2007

Boyd's career heads down the homestretch

Cory Boyd just laughs when someone asks if the 2007 season is "slipping away" for South Carolina.

He's seen it worse, much worse.

Boyd was there on the sidelines for that November night in 2003 when Clemson humiliated USC, 63-17, destroying the Gamecocks' hopes of playing in a bowl game.

He was just a wide-eyed freshman then, destined to become one of the most accomplished and popular players in school history.

As far as Boyd is concerned, the difference between the USC program now and four years ago is like night and day. He's optimistic about the future of the program after he's gone.

"This program has definitely done a (180-degree turn) from when I first got here," Boyd said. "Some promising things are going to happen with Carolina. I'm just happy I was part of it and helped turn it around. The future holds a lot for Carolina."

Next Saturday night's annual grudge match with Clemson could be the final game of Boyd's career with the Gamecocks unless USC (6-5 overall) finds a way to beat the Tigers.

"This game is a season all its own," Boyd said. "Clemson is riding high right now. We just have to go out and play. Hopefully, with this week off, everybody will get their bodies and their minds in the right place. The break will definitely allow us to heal up and get coached up and prepare to play a great game."

A victory over its arch-rival would snap USC's four-game losing streak and give the Gamecocks seven wins, assuring itself of a bowl berth. A loss would keep the Gamecocks at six wins, and possibly home for bowl season.

"We still have a chance to do some things," Boyd said. "Seven and five sounds a little bit better at the end of the (regular) season than six and six. I've just got to keep the guys in the right frame of mind. The week off will be good. These guys know exactly what we need to do."

While many around the program are glum right now, Boyd intends to keep the USC players focused and energetic during these last 11 days heading into the Clemson showdown.

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