If everything goes according to plan for Clemson football, this year will be a bit of a transitional one for the offense. With Tajh Boyd graduated and heir-apparent Deshaun Watson a bit behind after a collarbone injury cost him spring practice, it is up to senior Cole Stoudt to lead the team for the first time in his career. In an interview with the ACC Digital Network, head coach Dabo Swinney says that he is very confident with Stoudt as the starter, but he also wants to see Watson compete, and hopes the freshman gets some experience this season.
Stoudt played very well in limited time last season, going 47-for-59 for 415 yards and five touchdowns. He did not throw an interception. Watson was a blue chip prospect, and rated the top dual-threat quarterback in the country by 247Sports’ composite rankings. It will be interesting to see how much playing time Clemson can afford him in order to help him develop for 2015 and beyond.