Clemson Football: 10 Scariest Tigers to face under Dabo Swinney

CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA - AUGUST 29: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers greets fans during the Tiger Walk prior to the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)
CLEMSON, SOUTH CAROLINA - AUGUST 29: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers greets fans during the Tiger Walk prior to the game against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Memorial Stadium on August 29, 2019 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images) /
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TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates with the College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy after defeating the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 to win the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

1. Deshaun Watson

Coming in at No. 1 on our list is Deshaun Watson, arguably the greatest Tigers to ever play for Clemson football.

Watson earned the starting spot at QB during his freshman season, but injuries set him back. He returned for the South Carolina game, though, and dominated the Gamecocks with a torn ACL. That game would be just foreshadowing for things to come.

Watson led the Tigers to a perfect 12-0 season the following year and an ACC Championship. Clemson competed with Alabama in the National Championship, but eventually fell short. Even in the loss, Watson threw for 405 yards and accounted for five touchdowns.

The next season, the team made it their goal to get back to the National Championship game and avenge the loss. Watson helped the Tigers do just that.

He led Clemson to a 35-31 victory over Alabama in which he threw for 420 yards and three touchdowns.

The thing about Deshaun Watson was the fact that he never got rattled. He could throw an interception, but it was a guarantee he was going to come out the next drive and score a touchdown. Though opposing defensive coordinators did everything they could to stop his dual-threat ability, Watson was just too good.

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He finished as a Heisman finalist in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons and left Clemson football with 10,168 yards passing and 90 touchdowns. He also had 1,934 yards rushing and 26 touchdowns in just three years with the program.