Deshaun Watson visits cancer patients Wednesday


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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is using the off-season to give back to the community and spread a little cheer to cancer patients.

The junior quarterback was out Wednesday with quarterback guru Quincy Avery and the Jessie Rees Foundation visiting cancer patients. The Jessie Rees Foundation (Never Ever Give Up) is inspired by the story of Rees, who lost her battle with brain cancer in 2012.

Watson finished third in the Heisman Trophy balloting last season and will be one of the favorites in 2016. Watson completed 333-of-491 passes for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns and also had 207 rushes for 1,105 yards and 12 scores this past season. He became the first player in NCAA FBS history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in the same season.

Watson led the Tigers to a 14-1 record, an ACC Atlantic Division and the ACC Championship. He quarterbacked Clemson to a dominating win over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl and the College Football Playoff Semifinal, and was outstanding against Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship against Alabama.

The Crimson Tide defeated Clemson 45-40 in January to win the title. Watson, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting, had 478 total yards against Alabama. Watson had 20 carries for 73 yards and was 30-of-47 for 405 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

The Clemson signal caller was also named the consensus first-team All-American quarterback, another first for a Clemson player. He was the Most Valuable Player of the ACC, the MVP of the ACC Championship game and of the Orange Bowl victory over Oklahoma.


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