Clemson QB group ranked #1 in the nation


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Watson at Clemson's Fall practice

FoxSports.com released their ranking of the nation's top 10 quarterback groups in college football on Monday and Clemson's was ranked #1 in the nation.

Obviously, heisman finalist Deshaun Watson will be starting under center for Clemson this upcoming season. He completed 333 of 491 passes for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns and also had 207 rushes for 1105 yards and 12 scores this past season. His 5,209 yards of total offense and his 47 total touchdowns were ACC records, and his rushing total was a record for a Clemson quarterback.

"Deshaun Watson showed how special he was when he put the Tigers on his back and almost beat Alabama for the national title last season," Feldman said. "The 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior is a true dual-threat QB who thrives in the spotlight. His completion percentage in the fourth quarter went up to 73 percent from 66 in first halves. The Tigers also rely heavily on Watson’s wheels in big games. He averaged 110 rushing yards against ranked teams on 20 carries a game as compared to 56 rushing yards on 11 carries vs. non-ranked. Watson’s bulked up 15 pounds this offseason, which should enable him to better handle the pounding. As a passer, he threw for over 4,100 yards to go with a 35-13 TD-INT ratio. Getting his best WR Mike Williams back (he missed almost all of 2015 with a neck injury) should make Watson and this offense even more explosive. Behind Watson, the Tigers have Kelly Bryant, a 6-3, 215-pound sophomore who has good wheels (156 rushing yards last season in limited action). He also went 7-of-9 passing. Also in the mix is senior Nick Schuessler."

The full list of top quarterback groups were Clemson, Ole Miss, BYU, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, UCLA, Ohio State, Miami, Washington State, and Texas Tech.

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