In 2014, Deshaun Watson struggled to stay healthy and when he wasn’t on the field, Clemson’s lack of depth was exposed. Unlike Ohio State, whose third string quarterback guided them to a National Championship, Clemson’s second string QB – Cole Stoudt – struggled while playing through a torn AC joint in his non-throwing shoulder. Despite Stoudt’s noted struggles, then third-stringer Clemson QB Nick Schuessler didn’t overtake him. One has to wonder, as much as Stoudt was struggling at times, how did he not get a shot? What was he doing in practice? More importantly, how much has he improved? The good news is he looked solid in the Spring Game, and that’s important, because he is listed as the #2 QB on the Summer depth chart.
After him Kelly Bryant and Tucker Israel will compete for the #3 QB role, with one likely redshirting. I discuss with Mark Rogers in the video below.
Mark Rogers also posted a video with his breakdown of the top 10 QBs for 2015. Watson is on there, but he is outside the top five? Is that a typo? Listen below: