Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson performed admirably during the Tigers' 23-17 loss to Florida State on Saturday night. Watson came off the bench during the first quarter and put up a stat line of 19-for-28 with 266 passing yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions. While Cole Stoudt started the game for Clemson, Watson played for most of the contest, and made a strong case that he deserves to be the team's starting quarterback.
Watson's performance apparently resonated with Clemson's coaching staff, as Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney named Watson the team's starting quarterback next week against conference foe North Carolina.
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Watson was a five-star recruit in Clemson's 2014 recruiting class, and despite being a freshman, he has looked incredibly comfortable and poised when he's received time, as he has gone 29-for-41 with 479 passing yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions this season.
If you want to watch Watson's first start, the matchup between the Tigers and the Tar Heels will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 P.M., and will air on ESPNU and WatchESPN.