Former Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson praised teammate Deshaun Watson at his NFL Scouting Combine presser today, going so far as to say that the Tigers’ star quarterback “will definitely win” the Heisman Trophy in 2016. Lawson’s comments were posted to Twitter by Josh Kendall of The State.
Lawson could very well be right, especially since Watson was already a Heisman Trophy Finalist in 2015 alongside Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Alabama running back Derrick Henry, who ultimately won thanks to leading the nation in rushing. But besides that, Watson has a strong shot of winning the 2016 Heisman on abilities alone.
Consider this. In his sophomore season, fresh off of an injury-riddled freshman campaign, Watson completed 67.8 percent of his passes for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns while adding an eye-popping 1,105 yards and 12 scores on the ground as Clemson won the ACC crown and earned a No. 1 seed entering the College Football Playoff last season. For someone who tore his ACL as a freshman, that isn’t at all bad.
Clemson has some work to do in 2016 after losing Lawson and some other key players to the upcoming NFL Draft but given Watson’s strong leadership skills, he should be a near-lock to at least be a Heisman finalist again as he carries the Tigers’ offense to victory.
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