Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee


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CLEMSON – Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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didn’t mince words Monday morning when asked if quarterback Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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would be the starter at Florida St. in 12 days, saying that he thinks Stoudt gives the Tigers the best chance to win on the road.

Clemson travels to Tallahassee to take on No. 1 Florida on Sept. 20th, a game that will likely decide both teams’ fate in the race for the Atlantic Coast Conference Division title. Freshman Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
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Gainesville, GA

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has been impressive in limited action – both at Georgia and at home this past weekend against South Carolina St. – leading many fans to question whether Watson would give Clemson the best chance to upset the Seminoles.

Watson completed 8-of-9 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns Saturday, while Stoudt completed 22-of-31 passes for 302 yards and one touchdown.

Swinney responded by saying that he doesn’t coach to please the fans, he coaches to win games.

“Cole is our starter. I'm not into pleasing the fans, that's for sure. I probably wouldn't have this job still if I was into pleasing the fans,” Swinney said in response to the question. “That's the last thing I'm worried about. I'm worried about doing what's best every single day for this team, for these players to give the whole team the best chance to win. I'm sure people want to have some big controversy, but we're not going to have a controversy. The best player is going to play.

Cole Stoudt is our starter and that's just the way it is. If something changes, then it will change on the field through performance. It has not changed to this point. We knew coming in that at some point this would be all anyone wanted to talk about. All anyone ever wants to talk about is the backup quarterback. It doesn't matter where you are or who you are, that's the story. Cole Stoudt has played well for us. We know what we're looking at and we know what we're asking him to do. He hasn't played perfect, but he's played very well as the starter. It's frustrating when people don't want to recognize that.”

Swinney said that just because Stoudt is the starter now, however, doesn’t mean that the job is his until the end of his career.

“Does that mean he's going to be the guy the rest of his career? No,” Swinney said. “He's got to perform at a high level just like every other position out there. We know we have a very special talent in Deshaun Watson. That's why we recruited him. It's not some big, shocking thing to us. We knew that. He has to play well with his opportunities. It's not just the games. Practice counts too. We watch everything.”

He continued by saying that Stoudt has to continue to perform, but called out the fans for booing Stoudt when he would enter Saturday’s 73-7 win over South Carolina St.

“We've been doing this since January. Cole Stoudt won the job and you take it as far as you can from a practice standpoint and the next thing you do is you go out and you play games,” he said. “We've only played two games to this point. Cole Stoudt's job is to play at a high level and try to make us keep him as the number one guy. Deshuan Watson's job is to try to beat him out. Our job as coaches is to evaluate that. That's what we do every day.

“We don't listen to the fans. I do think it's sad when you have fans boo a player. I think that's really sad. I didn't know that happened until after the game. When a guy is playing his butt off for you and he's a dedicated, disciplined player that is playing well and he gets booed and then you have another guy come in and he gets cheered. I just think that's bad. You cheer for all of your guys and trust the coaches to do their job. If the coaches don't you hold them accountable, but love the players.”

Swinney said that he and offensive coordinator Chad Morris will play the best player, and right now that is Stoudt.

"We'll continue to evaluate and manage that situation, like every other coaching staff in the country," he said. "I've got a pretty good quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator that I have a lot of confidence in. His input is obviously of paramount importance in all of these decisions. That's why Cole Stoudt is the starter. He and I both felt like he [Stoudt] gives us the best chance to win. We're excited that we have another great quarterback. There's not a problem here. It's a good thing that we think is going to continue to produce good quarterback play for us. If there's a change somewhere down the road, there will be a change. It will happen but let's go play the game and see where we are as we move through the year. I'm very pleased with how Cole Stoudt has performed and I'm very pleased with how Deshaun has performed. That's where we are."

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New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
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Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
vanquished
Hmmm, I think he did.***
TigerTown
2 QB systems rarely workout - seems pretty obvious after 2
RC Tiger®
Obviously, Dabo disagrees.***
Smiling Tiger®
2007 Florida team says hello***
soccerkrzy®
Re: 2007 Florida team says hello***
CFlowers85
I was there of it was only a handful and you could barely
The hillbilly beater®
I don't care who the QB is
footballmanager
Re: I don't care who the QB is
slumdog
Booing occurred after Cole overthrew a receiver.
soccerkrzy®
Re: I don't care who the QB is
NorCATiger®
What's the difference?
kiggity
Re: What's the difference?
ruatiger®
Re: I don't care who the QB is
DUFFER®
Re: I don't care who the QB is
slumdog
If Dabo would just play the best player
Tigerdrafted
Booing is low class period.***
Tiger5
Re: 2 QB systems rarely workout - seems pretty obvious after 2
81tiger81
Re: 2 QB systems rarely workout - seems pretty obvious after 2
Dugatiger®
White and Shingler worked very well for us back in the day.
CUTIGR69®
alright dabo, if this is TRUE please don't put watson in....
pheebo
My thoughts, exactly. It shows the silliness of Dabo's claim***
Razzmatazz
Re: My thoughts, exactly. It shows the silliness of Dabo's claim***
BMWTiger94
Re: My thoughts, exactly. It shows the silliness of Dabo's claim***
slumdog
Re: My thoughts, exactly. It shows the silliness of Dabo's claim***
DUFFER®
What are your "excellent credentials" that allows you to
AllTimeClemson
You have no logical counterpoint, so you attack me? Weak!
Razzmatazz
Man you won't ever find intelligent discussion on this site
PenthouseTiger
There's some, but sadly there are many intolerant juveniles.***
Razzmatazz
Re: Man you won't ever find intelligent discussion on this site
tmac9wr
I am 67, and Dabo is playing #4 some for experience for 2015
CUTIGR69®
Re: My thoughts, exactly. It shows the silliness of Dabo's claim***
DUFFER®
Re: My thoughts, exactly. It shows the silliness of Dabo's claim***
tmac9wr
I'm sure Dabo really cares what you think.***
Tiger5
Re: alright dabo, if this is TRUE please don't put watson in....
smitty1959®
Re: alright dabo, if this is TRUE please don't put watson in....
Fjstigerfan
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
TotalTeeTiger®
I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
WeToDeep®
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
jwryoung®
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
WeToDeep®
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
footballmanager
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
slumdog
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
DUFFER®
Thats my thoughts as well....
ClemfanWV
Re: Thats my thoughts as well....
smitty1959®
Re: Thats my thoughts as well....
WhstigeR®
SMH....it never occured to me bc thats a myth...
ClemfanWV
Re: Thats my thoughts as well....
tmac9wr
Go back to your Xbox***
AllTimeClemson
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
TigerzinNC
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
slumdog
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
allorangeallthetime52®
If everybody had that attitude we'd still have Tommy Bowden
PenthouseTiger
We were wondering who got rid of Bowden. LOL!***
Tiger5
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
180Tiger
How mad were you when Willie Simmons got benched?
PenthouseTiger
What is this, a beauty pageant?
tigerdrummer®
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
allorangeallthetime52®
So...I'll buy them at face value from you.***
soccerkrzy®
Re: So...I'll buy them at face value from you.***
WeToDeep®
Don't hold your breath waiting on these tickets he HAS.***
Tiger5
Do Clemson a favor
grover173
You sure showed him!***
ClemsonTiger1988®
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
ruatiger®
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
wpadge
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
WeToDeep®
Go back to STS
Bleedorange09
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
death valley0915
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
cuatnicks
Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
WeToDeep®
Well, obviously it's time for....
ALLIN4CU®
FIRE DABO!
Smiling Tiger®
You forgot Brownell***
francismariontiger®
Re: FIRE DABO!
milkingoatswithjehnir
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
Jcantrell86®
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
Tiger in Charlotte
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
fuzzyduck
I like Stoudt
kgpittm®
Get out of here...
francismariontiger®
We won by 66 points and the fans were booing because they
Tiger5
Now those are real Clemson fans! When Cole starts
vernertater
Only foolish fans boo own player!***
tigeron®
I still disagree with Dabo, but I do agree about the booing.
deleted
When did people boo.
ClemfanWV
Re: When did people boo.
Jcantrell86®
That's actually exactly what happened, there are just some drama queens on here.***
The hillbilly beater®
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
thevalley484®
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
thevalley484®
Fans shouldn't make coaching decisions
SquishyWaffle
I have to ask why...
greene
It's head-scratching for sure.
deleted
Re: I have to ask why...
KentuckyTiger26
Its hard to argue with what the above poster stated...
ClemfanWV
Agreed - Dabo needs to stop talking about it***
RC Tiger®
Re: Agreed - Dabo needs to stop talking about it***
cuted
He's simply responding to the stupid fan talk. Not a Dabo
Tiger5
Re: I have to ask why...
greene
Dabo makes $2.5 mil, you?***
Tiger5
So stupid
ChinkSNU
Re: So stupid
cuted
Re: I have to ask why...
41rcook
After this disaster, Cole is going to be known as
hotsawce
He certainly might be, especially with that TERRIBLE OL
AllTimeClemson
What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
Razzmatazz
Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
footballmanager
So you can't answer the question either. I guess we agree.***
Razzmatazz
You're the one with all the answers. Right!***
Tiger5
Ughh... I'm the one who asked the question. See it above?***
Razzmatazz
Yes you asked the question and then answered it.
Tiger5
I gave reasons for asking my question just like reporters do***
Razzmatazz
Re: I gave reasons for asking my question just like reporters do***
tmac9wr
Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
brooksf
No dog in this fight but I'll say this, Razz.
ClemsonTiger1988®
But Dabo had no problem saying Parker's advantages over Boyd
Razzmatazz
Re: But Dabo had no problem saying Parker's advantages over Boyd
ClemsonTiger1988®
Re: But Dabo had no problem saying Parker's advantages over Boyd
footballmanager
Re: No dog in this fight but I'll say this, Razz.
trek5500
Re: No dog in this fight but I'll say this, Razz.
footballmanager
I trust Cole a lot more to change the play at the line
SquishyWaffle
But the coaches trusted Watson vs. UGA & ex-FSU DC Pruitt.***
Razzmatazz
DW changed the play at the line on his TD at UGA***
RC Tiger®
Link?***
Tiger5
Re: Link?***
RC Tiger®
Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
TrickyRick86®
Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
ruatiger®
Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
carolinachef
Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
Tigerdrafted
Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
TigersFTW
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
JCAM
Re: Then coaches to please who?????
clemvol
Re: Then coaches to please who?????
Guessagin
Dabo could care less what coots think. Matter of fact, who
Tiger5
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
tigerprice07
We crowned him King so what do we expect.
Tman84
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
sanwt
... or it's possible that he's just being loyal to Stoudt.***
Razzmatazz
What's the back story to that?***
tigerdrummer®
Dabo has his back.***
Razzmatazz
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
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Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
dattiger05
So Morris sacrificed loss to UGA in order to surprise FSU?!?***
Razzmatazz
WHY don't you go to the source and quit asking all the fans
Tiger5
Re: So Morris sacrificed loss to UGA in order to surprise FSU?!?***
dattiger05
This would bean issue if QB was a PROBLEM!
Chungzilla
Fans seem to be creating a new source of stress and division
Completely Solid Orange®
We Too Deep for our own good
dattiger05
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
FEEL
Things Swinney has also said:
tigerdrummer®
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
smitty1959®
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
WeToDeep®
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
smitty1959®
so much dissension in our fan base . . . .
freakgeek
Re: so much dissension in our fan base . . . .
rwwjr
Anyone who booed over this is a complete idiot.***
Completely Solid Orange®
I thnk the defense will send the house with Stoudt in there
Tigerdrafted
Re: I thnk the defense will send the house with Stoudt in there
baldfan4life
Re: I thnk the defense will send the house with Stoudt in there
Tigerdrafted
Re: I thnk the defense will send the house with Stoudt in there
baldfan4life
If Deshaun doesn't play at least
41rcook
Re: If Deshaun doesn't play at least
baldfan4life
Re: If Deshaun doesn't play at least
cuted
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
tjaxx82
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
slumdog
I say again... what's the difference?
kiggity
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
cuted
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
CUNo1Fan
^^^End of Discussion^^^***
dattiger05
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navyseal
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
Dugatiger®
Re: New Story: Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee
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