The freshman quarterback could be the one to replace Deshaun Watson.
Who's going to start at quarterback for Clemson?
That's one of the biggest questions of college football's offseason and it looks like the answer might be a true freshman.
Hunter Johnson, a five-star recruit and the No. 2 pro-style QB in the 2017 class, is an early-enrollee with the Tigers. He reportedly had a great day today, shining in Clemson's scrimmage.
Dabo Swinney said it was Johnson who had the best day of the team's quarterbacks.
Johnson, a 6-foot-2, 201-pound product from Indiana, is competing with rising junior Kelly Bryant and redshirt freshman Zerrick Cooper for the starting job. He's probably still behind those two when it comes to the competition, but we're five-plus months away from the start of the 2017 season. Talent-wise, he might be the best of the bunch, and getting on campus early is huge for his starting potential.
Bryant had been named the favorite in the competition at the beginning of the month.
“Kelly is clearly number one,” Swinney said, per Tiger Net. “There is no doubt about that. He would go play for us today, and I would be excited to see him. But how’s he going to take that role? How is he going to respond to that? He hasn’t been the guy. We will see how he does.”
Swinney doesn't see the competition ending anytime soon, which is a good sign for Johnson. You would think that the longer the competition goes, the more likely it is the talented true freshman will seize the job.
“We’ve got some good players,” Swinney said, per the Independent Mail. “It’s very competitive and it’s going to continue to be competitive. It’ll eventually happen. The best we can do is practice.”
Clemson's spring game is set for Saturday, April 8. It'll be a fairly big day for the Tigers' quarterback competition.