The No. 6 Notre Dame Fighting Irish will face their toughest game of the season when they take on the No. 12 Clemson Tigers on Saturday, and the trash-talking has already begun.
Per Tony Crumpton of TigerNet, senior cornerback KeiVarae Russell did not mince words when speaking about Clemson star quarterback Deshaun Watson.
“I watched the Louisville game,” Russell said. “I saw some weaknesses in that game for sure. I seen some strengths as well. They are a good team. I think Deshaun Watson manages the game well. I’ve played against quarterbacks better than him, I’ve played against quarterbacks that weren’t as good as him…He’s not overly superior, I don’t think he’s like a top five quarterback in the country, I think he manages the game extremely well, and does what the offense asks of him. He doesn’t do too much, but he does enough for him.”
“I don’t think he’s a top-five quarterback, but he’s a good quarterback, though.”
Russell’s words will spark tons of debate among college football fans, but to say that Watson isn’t a top-five quarterback seems a bit much. Granted, he hasn’t gotten as much attention as guys like TCU’s Trevone Boykin, Ohio State’s Cardale Jones or even Michigan State’s Connor Cook, but he has still put together a respectable season over Clemson’s first three games. On the year, Watson has thrown for 641 yards and seven touchdowns while completing for 74.4 percent of his passes and also adding 93 yards on the ground.
Clemson has also started 2015 3-0 despite losing star receiver Mike Williams to a neck injury in the season opener against Wofford, and Notre Dame will be the team’s biggest test yet. Given how well Watson has performed so far, for Russell to say that about him is merely a matter of opinion and will only fuel the Tigers’ fire heading into Saturday’s game.
That said, be sure to tune to ABC at 8 p.m. ET for what should be a great game!
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