True freshman Deshaun Watson entered Saturday’s game at Florida State late in the first quarter and immediately led Clemson on a game-tying scoring drive.
Here’s what you need to know about him:
1. This is Not Necessarily a Quarterback Controversy for Clemson
Cole Stoudt vs Deshaun Watson pic.twitter.com/fUmoUElsHc
— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) September 20, 2014
According to Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, despite an impressive performance in his first two games as a Clemson’s quarterback, true freshman Deshaun Watson will not be starting and Stoudt is the starter against FSU. The most likely scenario will be a split in playing time between the two Clemson quarterbacks, with Stoudt seeing most of the time.
FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher stated:”Watson is a little more dynamic with his legs, but Stoudt is still a good runner, I think both guys can create a lot of problems in a lot of different ways. The way Tajh Boyd did.”
2. Watson Has Thrown 4 Touchdowns in Two Games
— David Hale (@DavidHaleESPN) September 18, 2014
In only two games, Watson has thrown four touchdowns, no interceptions, rushed for 17 yards, is 10 of 12 for 213 yards, with a QB rating of 316.1 before playing FSU.
3. Was Ranked as the Number 1 Dual Threat Quarterback in the Nation by ESPN
Deshaun Watson was ranked the third best quarterback in the nation out of high school by Tom Lemming, number 16 by ESPN, number 31 player and number 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Rival.com, number 2 player in Georgia by Rivals.com, number 1 dual-threat quarterback in the nation and No. 4 player in Georgia by 247Sports.com.
4. Watson Finished High School With Over 4,000 Yards in Rushing and Passing
While in high school, Watson led his team to their first state title in over 100 year, received the Gatorade Player-of-the-Year in Georgia as a senior, U.S. Army All-American Game selection and second-team All-American by USA Today.
Watson also set state career records for total offense yards, 17,134, and total touchdowns, 218. The state record for passing touchdowns and total offense yards in his junior year, finishing his high school career with 13,077 passing yards and 155 touchdowns, 4,057 rushing yards and 63 touchdowns.
5. Watson is Apart of ESPN’s Elite 11
Deshaun Watson was selected for ESPN’s Elite 11 after high school. The Elite 11 is a quarterback competition for the best QBs in the country, however Watson did not win.
When Watson joined Clemson, he was considered one of the best quarterbacks in the country before beginning his freshman year.