Clemson Football: Tigers' QB Deshaun Watson Will Miss Spring Game

Clemson's QB Race May Have Just Been Narrowed to Two

4/8/14 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   426 respect

The Clemson Tigers’ search to replace former All-American quarterback Tajh Boyd under center may have just gotten a little easier, but probably not the way coach Dabo Swinney had wanted. Blog Photo - Clemson Football: Tigers' QB Deshaun Watson Will Miss Spring Game

True freshman and early enrollee Deshaun Watson suffered a broken clavicle during practice on Monday, and will miss Saturday’s spring game. As the underdog to win the starting quarterback position in a three-way battle with senior Cole Stoudt and sophomore Chad Kelly, this does not bode well for his chances come fall.

"This is a shame because he was having an outstanding spring," Swinney said, according to ESPN. "Fortunately this is not a serious injury. I hate that he will miss the spring game. I know a lot of people were anxious to see him make his debut in Death Valley. But he will be fine by the time summer workouts start again in May. He does not require surgery."

Watson was the No. 1 dual-threat coming out of high school for the 2014 recruiting class and has a bright future as a star in Death Valley, possessing the accuracy and football IQ to run Clemson’s pass-friendly variations via the pistol.

Although Swinney has repeatedly said no quarterback has separated himself, you have to imagine that Stoudt will get the nod for his experience alone (as the long-time backup to Boyd).

However, there’s still a chance Watson could overcome this setback and claim the spot this fall, but not being able to play in the spring game gives both Stoudt and Kelly a huge advantage as the Tigers head into a three-and-a-half month hiatus.


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4/9/14   |   TigerFanJohnS   |   1 respect

Stoudt and Kelly are starter-caliber QBs.  Everything that points to Watson being a redshirt this season has little impact.  But it isn't like he will miss that much as there isn't much practice and scrimmage time left.  He will still be developing through the summer into the fall.