June 30, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, Georgia passs the ball during the morning session of the Elite 11 at Nike World Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Deshaun Watson Will Play Against Georgia


Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney hosted his annual golf outing with the media today. Just a little while ago, offensive coordinator Chad Morris dropped the biggest bombshell of the day. Not only will Deshaun Watson not redshirt this season, he will play in Clemson’s opener against the Georgia Bulldogs.

Manie Robinson of The Greenville News tweeted this quote from Morris:

However, this doesn’t mean that Cole Stoudt isn’t firmly entrenched as the starter. The job seems to be Stoudt’s to lose, he may just split time with Watson, to some degree. Morris apparently did not go into specifics about how Watson would be used, but he did elaborate on Stoudt’s hold on the starting job.

This comes as quite a surprise to me. I fully expected Watson to redshirt this season, to preserve his eligibility while Stoudt took the reigns this season. Obviously the coaches know best where their players stand right now but I am a little surprised that they would opt to burn his redshirt if he is only going to get spot duty. Hopefully this just means that Watson is too good to keep off the field and it doesn’t imply anything about the staff’s confidence in Stoudt.

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  • John Quintero

    This isn’t a big surprise. Anyone who has watched tape on Watson knows that he is a world class talent. With the combination of his speed and field vision he will be dangerous. His talent passing the ball is equally as dangerous. Really the only wild card with him is how quickly he can learn a complicated offense. Watson is the man for the future and in my opinion should be this year as well.

    • Rubbing The Rock

      I definitely agree that he is going to be very, very good for Clemson. It’s just a question of whether he is ready right now. I would prefer they not burn his redshirt if he isn’t going to get on the field pretty frequently but I can’t argue with the decision if they think he can have an impact this season. I just really hope this doesn’t say anything about Stoudt’s ability to lead the offense.