The Watson Era
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The Watson Era
You could say that it started with the fourth drive in the FSU game but this is the first time fans go into a game knowing Watson is the guy and there is a buzz around the Clemson program as a result.
At this point the sample size is only three games but the true freshman from Gainesville, GA has dazzled.
If Watson is anything close to being as good as I think he is then Clemson football is in great shape the next three or four seasons.
What we have seen from Watson has given the fan base a renewed enthusiasm in the face of a 1-2 start.
The thing I like about Watson the most is his poise. He doesn't look like a true freshman. The moment has not been too big for him. In the season opener in Athens he came into the game and looked as cool as a cucumber. I would think most freshmen playing 30 minutes from their hometown in a hostile environment would show some signs of nerves. Watson looked like he had been doing this all of his life. His eyes didn't look scared. He looked focused on the process and came into the game to deliver two beautiful passes in his first drive as a Tiger, including a phenomenal touchdown pass to
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Shortly after touching The Rock for the first time in his first home game, Watson ripped off more terrific throws and led his team to four touchdowns in his four drives. His only incompletion was a ball that could have been caught.
And last week in a hostile environment against the nation's top-ranked team and a future NFL secondary Watson went 19 of 28 and won the ACC's Rookie-of-the-Week award. In doing so he looked calm and never backed down from the moment.
Watson's mobility in the pocket is perhaps the thing that impresses me next. He moves around in the pocket after feeling pressure while he keeps his eyes looking downfield. Watson senses pressure and escapes to buy extra time in the pocket.
When flushed from the pocket his arm strength and accuracy take over. The throw he made to
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Watson has been described as a dual threat quarterback and can hurt the defense when he decides to run, but I would still consider him a passer first. The zone read is a part of his game but at this point it is not the strength of his game.
Finally, another extremely impressive aspect of this freshman is his humble nature. As humans one of our weaknesses is handling success. Most of us crumble with success. At this point I love what I see and hear from Watson. Unlike many egos, Watson appears to be grounded and well suited for the accolades that could spoil others.
There is a lot to like about this freshman and he comes along at a point where Clemson fans needs something to cling to. A 1-2 start without the potential success in the future with Watson wouldn't be quite as intriguing or exciting as the next nine games appear to be with him.
Watson is a guy that you can build a program around. Clemson football had a great brand with
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Is it fair to put so much on the shoulders of a true freshman? After all, Clemson does have seniors like
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