The Clemson Tigers entered the 2016 college football season as the No. 2 team in the nation, but they have fallen to No. 5 after limping to wins over Auburn and Troy to start the season.
Despite the Tigers not appearing to be at the same level they were when they made the run to the national championship last season, they are 2-0 and looking to push forward. For star quarterback Deshaun Watson, that means refocusing his attitude and energy.
Accoring to a report from the Associated Press, Watson has apologized to Clemson fans for his “negative energy” that he believes may be a factor in the offense’s slow start.
From the report:
Watson said he spoke with quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter on Sunday night and head coach Dabo Swinney on Monday morning about re-focusing his attitude to more of the fun-loving, care-free vibe he brought to the Tigers in his freshman and sophomore seasons.
The quarterback was not apologizing for his play in Clemson’s 2-0 start, but for his role in not fully appreciating the opportunity he has to play for the Tigers. Watson says tha appreciation “just kind of got away from me for a little bit with all the attention that I’ve gotten.”
This says a lot about Deshaun Watson.
For him to step up and make an effort to keep a more positive attitude moving forward will be infectious to the rest of the locker room and could lift team morale all around.
Smile a bit, Deshaun. You’re one of the best players in the nation. And when you are rolling, the Tigers should be the ACC force we all expected them to be entering 2016.
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