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Clemson's Chad Morris Says That Freshman Quarterback Deshaun Watson Will Play In Opener Against Georgia

Top programs have had a lot of success redshirting quarterbacks in recent years. The last two Heisman winners—Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Florida State's Jameis Winston—won the award as redshirt freshmen. That will not be the career path for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson. The top-rated quarterback won't start for the Tigers this season, but he will see the field, and offensive coordinator Chad Morris says he'll play in the August 30 season opener at Georgia.

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How much Watson will play is yet to be seen. Senior Cole Stoudt is still being touted as the Tigers' starter.

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Tigernet has more from Morris:

"Deshaun Watson wasn’t going to red-shirt anyway," Morris said at Dabo Swinney's media outing. "He wasn’t going to red-shirt. He was that good and he was going to play whether Chad Kelly was here or not. That was the consensus from the get-go and that was the consensus after watching him the first couple of practices in the spring. We knew that he was going to be special. He is going to play this year and he is going to play at Georgia. Now, what is his role and how much will he play that is all to be determined through the progress. Cole Stoudt is our starter and he deserves it. and we are excited about Cole."

Clemson fans have to be excited to see the future at the quarterback position play right away, but hopefully for Morris and the offense, this doesn't negatively affect Stoudt.