Swinney says Watson will be ready to play against Wake
|Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 12:34 PM- -|
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The true freshman appeared in six games and was 75-for-112 for 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season with another 147 yards on the ground before going down with a broken hand in the first quarter of the Louisville game.
Watson missed the remainder of the Louisville game, a road game at Boston College and the Homecoming game against Syracuse. In his absence, Clemson's offense has scored just three touchdowns in the last 12 quarters.
Just four weeks removed from surgery to insert four screws into his hand, Watson is ready to play according to Swinney.
“Deshaun is ready to play this week. I’m not sure that we’ll play him but he’ll be ready to go,” Swinney said during his Tuesday press conference in the WestZone. “Come Monday, he’ll be cut loose. He has taken the majority of the second team work this week.”
The only thing that has been hampering Watson is the splint that the medical staff has made him wear.
“He hasn’t had any pain,” Swinney said. "We saw him cut it loose last week. There’s been no pain at all. The only thing that he was hindered by was the contraption they had on his hand."
Swinney said that Watson will be dressed out when Clemson takes the field Thursday night but will only enter the game if he’s needed to win the game.
“What’s going on in the game is what will determine if he plays," Swinney said. “ If we had to have him to win the game, he’ll be dressed and ready to go. It will probably be the most watched pregame in the history of college football. Don’t miss pregame.”
Despite not playing in the last two games, Swinney said that Watson has prepared as if he would have played.
“He looks good. He’s done great,” Swinney said. “He has continued to prepare as if he’s playing every week. He’s been very engaged. Cole [Stoudt] is also feeling a lot better. The extra time has been great for him. He’s practiced really well since last Thursday and I expect him to play his best game of the season. I’m really pleased with the way he’s taken command.
“We wanted to play him against Syracuse but the guy hadn’t played football in a year and a half and we were fighting for every inch of grass out there. We just didn’t feel like we had an opportunity to get him out there. He’s ready to go and you’ll see him Thursday night.
In addition to Watson and Dye, Swinney said that his team is beginning to get a little healthier.
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The Tigers could also get a key piece on the offensive line back for Georgia Tech.
However, with every little bit of good news, comes bad news.
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