Deshaun Watson Could Play Versus Gamecocks

The up and down freshman campaign for Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to play out as Watson may be able to return for the Tigers season finale against South Carolina. After winning the starting role, Watson suffered a broken hand causing him to miss four games. Then, just a game later, Watson sustained a sprained LCL forcing him to miss last weekend’s loss against Georgia Tech. Head coach Dabo Swinney was very pleased with Watson’s progression this week and has been hopeful Watson will be available for the Tigers.

“I thought he was better today than he was yesterday,” Swinney said, according to TigerNet “It’s just like I have been saying it gets better each day. I know he was more confident today than he was yesterday.”

In the meanwhile, expect to see Cole Stoudt continue to guide the Tigers offense unless Swinney deems Watson ready for the Palmetto Bowl. Still, with a few more days of practice, Watson could be a viable option for Clemson. In recent years, the Tigers haven’t had much success against their cross-town rivals having lost the last five contests.

“Tomorrow is another important day for us from a preparation standpoint. I think he has a good chance,” Swinney added. “How much or when? We haven’t decided that yet. But I think he definitely has a chance to play.”

In his debut season, Watson has thrown for 1,197 yards, 12 touchdowns and only two interceptions.  Watson’s ability to manage games while also implementing his speed in the running game has completely changed the way the Tigers offense operates, and it will be imperative that he’s healthy to finally break the five-game losing skid against the Gamecocks.

 

*Section Photo credit to Tyler Smith, Getty Images :Featured Photo (above) credit to Joshua S. Kelly, USA Today Sports. 

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