Swinney says Stoudt deserves respect, no quarterback controversy


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Stoudt passed for 302 yards on Saturday.

CLEMSON – Every time freshman quarterback Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
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took the field Saturday afternoon in Death Valley, his presence was announced by a roar from the crowd. Senior Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
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didn’t receive any of those rousing cheers, and when Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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’s postgame press conference began to center on the play of Watson and not Stoudt, Swinney reminded the assembled media that Stoudt was still the starter.

“Give respect to both those guys. Cole Stoudt has earned the right to be the starter,” Swinney said. “He has done nothing to not be the starter. He’s been great. We need to recognize that. Deshaun is exactly what I told y’all he was – special. A special talent, and when he’s had the opportunity to play – he’s played well, outside of one series (at Georgia). That’s what we coach him to do and that’s what we expect him to do. That’s why we recruited him. That’s why we’re playing him. We think he deserves to play and he’s earned it. As long as he continues to play well, you’re going to continue to see him. If somewhere down the road we have a change because somebody decides to be a backup, you deal with it. We’re in a good situation.

Watson was stellar during limited action in Clemson’s 73-7 dismantling of South Carolina St. – he posted a 342.6 quarterback rating, completing 8-of-9 attempts for 154 yards and three scores.

Stoudt was good in his own right, averaging 9.7 yards per pass for 302 yards and another score. However, more than one throw looked as if it was in danger of being picked off and if there isn’t a quarterback controversy in the minds of the coaches, there is one where the fans are concerned.

“I know y’all want a quarterback controversy – (to) start the backup,” Swinney said. “As soon as we make that switch and Deshaun has a bad game – ‘When’s Cole going back in?’ Not getting into that. (Stoudt) has to focus on what he’s doing and that’s exactly what he’s dialed in on. He has played very well. He threw for 302 yards today and all y’all want ask me about is Deshaun – that’s a shame.”

Stoudt calmly answered all of the questions following the win, and he said he’s aware that many fans want to see Watson start sooner rather than later.

“Yeah (I hear it),” Stoudt said, “but I don’t really focus on it. It’s stuff outside the team. Whatever is going on with the team is what’s going on. We don’t need to listen to what others have to say.”

Swinney said that Clemson’s coaches will continue to follow the plan they’ve followed the first two weeks of the season, but reminded everybody in earshot that the coaches won’t hesitate to play the hot hand.

“I think we’ll continue to manage that situation like we’ve been doing,” he said. “That depends on performance. You’re not going to see Deshaun more if he plays awful. You’re not going to see Cole Stoudt a ton if he plays terrible. They gotta play well. That’s the whole deal. Both of those guys are competing and doing really, really good. We’re not going to play people to play them."

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New Story: Swinney says Stoudt deserves respect, no quarterback controversy
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I agree!
awoffordterrier®
I'm sorry I can't agree.
jsebe10®
not a matter of respect,matter of best chance to win***
hphallman
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cmj2086®
agree 100 %.***
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wrmurray
Dabo please leave your emotions out of it...
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I'm sure Dabo could care less what posters think on an
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ALLIN4CU®
Deer Dabo ..
Dr. Nikola Tesla
Oh no!
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Re: Dabo please leave your emotions out of it...
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Why not back off!
marklee
Hey Rookie!
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Re: Hey Rookie!
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Re: Why not back off!
wrmurray
Re: Why not back off!
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sorry dabo,,,
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That didn't sit well with me either...***
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Re: That didn't sit well with me either...***
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Boo Hoo!***
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Re: sorry dabo,,,
orangeman
dude...
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Boss!***
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Re: dude...
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lol...
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ahhh...don't worry about it...
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its very simple and Dabo can't say it
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Re: its very simple and Dabo can't say it
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Re: sorry dabo,,,
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Re: sorry dabo,,,
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BOOM!!!
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Re: sorry dabo,,,
wrmurray
Watson hasn't played bad yet, Stoudt has***
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Re: sorry dabo,,,
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As per ###### ... it's on Cole (Ref: earlier post)
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Re: As per ###### ... it's on Cole (Ref: earlier post)
Purple_Panther
He's not saying we will try lose. He is saying that IF we
cdj001
That's just wrong.
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Re: That's just wrong.
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Re: As per ###### ... it's on Cole (Ref: earlier post)
OneJedi
Good grief....
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Re: Good grief....
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Re: As per ###### ... it's on Cole (Ref: earlier post)
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To add to your ######
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Re: As per ###### ... it's on Cole (Ref: earlier post)
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wrmurray
The truth is in the stats alone and you can't argue numbers
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Yep stats never lie. Rob Spence was awesome.
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Re: The truth is in the stats alone and you can't argue numbers
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RESPECT STOUDT, START WATSON.***
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Yes, because Dabo tells them who to...
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The FSU game
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Yes he may, but......
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N507114
If Watson's hot hand/dual threat keeps #1 FSU on their toes
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The offense seems to have better chemistry with Watson...
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Deshaun just looks more fluid.....
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