Deshaun Watson has led his Clemson Tigers to the No. 1 ranking in the country. Not many media members expected them to be the top team in the nation late in the season, but they have played fundamental football and have made the necessary plays on both sides of the football.
One of the big reasons for their success this season has been the leadership that Watson has shown.
The Clemson coaching staff took the time to talk about what he has done for the team and praise the leadership qualities that he has shown. That alone should tell the media and fans just how important he has been to their success this season.
“Deshaun didn’t play well in the first half,” Swinney said after Clemson’s 23-13 victory against Florida State last Saturday. “It’s one thing when you miss 3-pointers, but it’s another when you miss layups. We were just a little out of rhythm. But he came back and showed why he’s the best quarterback in the ACC, and maybe the best player in the country.”
Those words from Swinney are a huge confidence booster for Watson. Calling him potentially the best player in the country is a bold statement, but one that not many could disagree with too much.
“I’ve been in situations around here in the past where if we come out and we’re struggling on offense, we don’t finish, so I was proud of his leadership,” Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said. “I believe in Deshaun. I think he’s earned the opportunity to be talked about.”
Believing in Watson seems to be something that the entire team has bought into this season. He has the entire team behind him and is showing no signs of slowing down. As long as Clemson is playing the type of team football that they have been this season, there aren’t many teams that can touch them.
Watson has completed 69.7 percent of his passes this season for 2,233 yards, 21 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He has also picked up 493 yards and four touchdowns on the ground.
Clemson’s next game is this coming Saturday against the Syracuse Orange at 3:30 p.m. ET.
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