SMU wasted little time hiring Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris as its new head football coach, formally announcing him on Dec. 1., before the Mustangs' regular season ended. During his time at Clemson, Morris worked with a host of talented offensive players, and he expressed some regret this morning that he didn't get more time with the Tigers' heralded freshman quarterback, Deshaun Watson.
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Very strong praise, considering Morris worked with Tajh Boyd, a 2014 NFL Draft Pick, at Clemson and tutored record-setting quarterback G.J. Kinne when he was at Tulsa. Morris also coached former Division I quarterbacks Garrett Gilbert (SMU) and Jevan Snead (Ole Miss) during his head coaching stints at various Texas high schools.
Watson was highly-rated coming out of Gainesville (Ga.) High School, and showed why this season for the Tigers. He threw for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns in eight games, including a six-touchdown effort in a win over North Carolina.
Injuries slowed him down -- Watson played in the Tigers' regular season finale with a torn ACL--but he should be one of the more talented sophomore signal callers in the nation in 2015, provided he makes a full recovery.