Confidence Lost


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Swinney talks to Stoudt after throwing his third interception of the day.

ATLANTA, GA – No Division I football team should be completely reliant on one player, and the Clemson Tigers fashioned a four-game winning streak without the services of freshman quarterback Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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.

Watson made his grand return Saturday at Georgia Tech, and as painful as it is to say it has to be said – Clemson had absolutely no shot at winning the game once Watson left with a left knee injury, even though the Tigers were clinging to a 3-0 lead.

As defensive tackle DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-1, 292
Central, SC

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said after the game, “It really didn’t affect us on the defense too much, but after that pick-six things changed.”

Things changed, and that might be an understatement.

On third down, backup and senior Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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threw a pass that landed perfectly in the hands of Tech defensive back Jamal Golden and his 85-yard touchdown return would set the tone for the rest of the game as the Tigers wound up with just six points and less than 200 yards of total offense.

Clemson trailed 9-3 at intermission, but Tech put a touchdown on the board on the first drive of the second half. What followed was another Stoudt interception – in the middle of the field – and that was followed by an underthrown ball to Mike WilliamsMike Williams
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#7 6-5, 208
Vance, SC

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on the sideline that was returned for yet another Jacket touchdown. Stoudt was done for the day at that point – but it was obvious prior to the interceptions that Clemson’s offense would struggle without Watson.

Watson gained 40 yards on seven carries prior to the injury, and without the threat of a running quarterback Tech was able to sit back and let Stoudt take his shots. The rest is history.

“Things just didn’t really go right today, and sometimes that happens,” Stout said to the media. “We just to move on from it and correct our mistakes. It’s a rough day, but there are things that can be fixed and we just have to get back in the film room this week and work on it.”

Stoudt said his confidence never wavered.

“It’s football. Bad things happen,” he said. “You just have to keep on going. I have a great group of guys behind me that are with me and they will make sure I have a level head I do and we just have to make sure it gets better.”

It was obvious that without Watson, Clemson’s offense lacks a true leader or go-to guy and as a result confidence now might be at an all-time low. Senior right tackle Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Sr. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 340
Chester, SC

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said it was obvious that Stoudt lost confidence after the first interception – and the rest of the offense followed suit.

“We knew after Deshaun went down that we were going to have to run the ball,” Davis said. “But after we ran the screen play that was intercepted, that was when the real scramble started.”

Offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
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said he was disappointed with his offense but hopes the offense can put it together for the stretch run.

“Any time you lose a guy like Deshaun it’s tough, especially with how much effort he put into getting back and how we were moving the ball,” Morris said. “But it’s not all on Cole. We have to get it together for these guys. At halftime, we told our guys, ‘hey we can’t give it to them.’ But the last five weeks have been a simplification process and now we have to go back and look at that. We just have to put it back together."

Running back Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
RS Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 209
Loganville, GA

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said that with two games remaining, Stoudt and the offense will have to get its confidence back.

“Through the last four games Cole had been playing extremely well,” Gallman said. “But today I don’t know if it was just the fact the Deshaun was back or what. But that’s something he is going to do for himself and get his mindset right again. In any game, he just can’t let up on us like that. I am behind Cole all the way – he just has to do better.”


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New Story: Confidence Lost
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Re: New Story: Confidence Lost
allsport
Actually he said Cole has to do better.***
RC Tiger®
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COTIGER1
Kelly may have thought that he was much better than Stoudt?
tigerpaw68®
Re: Kelly may have thought that he was much better than Stoudt?
Basketball fan
Kelly was pi$$ed because he threw a bone-headed pick in the
vlastimil_hort
Re: Kelly was pi$$ed because he threw a bone-headed pick in the
clemtiger820
Re: Kelly was pi$$ed because he threw a bone-headed pick in the
tigerfanatic1
Re: Kelly was pi$$ed because he threw a bone-headed pick in the
Danny in CA
Y'all keep forgetting that Jim Kelly was thought to be -
cdover13
Re: Y'all keep forgetting that Jim Kelly was thought to be -
CinTiger1
Re: Y'all keep forgetting that Jim Kelly was thought to be -
CinTiger1
But...
cutiger250®
Kelly could be a star right now if he has waited for his
MB93Tiger®
Re: Kelly could be a star right now if he has waited for his
CinTiger1
Top 10 ugly loses
N507114
Well said and true.....season is done......
tigerpaw68®
Doubt we lose recruits over this...
Tall_Tiger_Two
Re: Top 10 ugly loses
vatigers28
Re: New Story: Confidence Lost
jamesw1962
From the player comments
MackDaddy®
Re: From the player comments
rmpeden
Re: From the player comments
TigerFin
Put Robert Smith at QB***
Prime T. Tiger
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CRC
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cuted
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Des Perado
Yep!***
tigerpaw68®
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92TigerJohn
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clemdal
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mspiggy
Well past time!***
tigerpaw68®
Good. It'll hurt less when 6 in a ####### row happens.***
tigerdrummer®
It could be 10 in a row before Spurrier retires and we win***
tigerpaw68®
Stoudt is all about "WE" when he should Say "I"
Tigerdrafted
Under statement of the year!
tigerrag100
Depressing that our only Div I QB is an injured freshman***
tigerpaw68®
Re: Depressing that our only Div I QB is an injured freshman***
clemtiger820
Only option now is to run the wildcat......no other options***
tigerpaw68®
Re: New Story: Confidence Lost
7173TIGER®
Why blame OC only? Not HC? No OL or QB, but nepotism scholly
Razzmatazz
Re: Why blame OC only? Not HC? No OL or QB, but nepotism scholly
7173TIGER®
Re: If you like what you've been gettin
clemvol
I have faith the Dabo will fix it. unlike you, i HATE
Tiger_Fan_007®
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Tigerluvr
thank Chad
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Searsmerlin®
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scotts_®
proofread plz
Seegs®
Sure fire way to score more points on offense!
Tim317
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