Deshaun Watson: "I'm not Superman. I'm human. I make mistakes."


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Watson has been pressured on 30.5% of his dropbacks this season
Watson has been pressured on 30.5% of his dropbacks this season

CLEMSON – Deshaun Watson insists he isn't Superman, even though his superhero style of play has thrilled college football fans over the last two seasons. Superman has been absent through the season's first two weeks, but Monday's honest appraisal might be a step in the right direction if Superman is to get his cape back.

A different Deshaun Watson met with the media Monday morning in the WestZone, the same Watson who wowed the media and fans alike during his freshman and sophomore years with a fun-at-all-costs and happy go lucky attitude.

Since last season, however, the pressure of the awards junket and countless interviews has worn on Clemson’s Heisman Trophy contender, and it’s appeared that being Clemson’s quarterback and the attention that goes with the position has weighed heavily on his shoulders. He hasn’t been having fun in games, and he hasn’t had fun with the attention.

Monday he apologized for his attitude and said he wants to put the fun back in football and in his life.

He started by admitting he’s not Superman. He’s human, and he hears the boos and the criticism and realizes something is missing.

"Yeah, I'm not Superman. I had a talk with Coach (Dabo) Swinney this morning. I'm human, I make mistakes. I’ve started 22 games, and this is probably my worst game. At the end of the day, we’re 2-0. You live and learn, and you correct the mistakes. We could easily be 1-1 or 0-2, but we’re 2-0. You correct the mistakes, and you move on. I had a reality check this weekend with myself because I wasn’t really enjoying it. Looking back at it and Tim (Bourret) and those guys really know, - with y’all I just want to apologize because I think y’all can feed off of the negative energy that I bring to the media because I get it so much, it just kind of wears on me. I’m like why do I have to do this again?"

Watson said he noticed a difference during this past Saturday’s win over Troy.

“I kind of figured it out throughout fall camp and after week one. It was a hard win. Auburn is a great team, and it's hard to win down there, especially a night game,” he said. “This past weekend, you could just feel the energy starting with me being the leader of the team and not really enjoying it. You can tell my body language has been bad and then it spreads throughout the team and then it spreads throughout the fans. You can feel the energy in the stadium that people weren't really excited about the game. I just have to live in the moment and embrace the moment and just enjoy it. It took a long time for me to put a smile on my face over the course of my lifetime and my experiences and what I've been through on and off the field. It's just a blessing to have the opportunity to be here.”

Watson said he is going to approach his dealings with the media different as well.

"It is a blessing, and it is a privilege to have people who want to talk to me, to have people want to hear my story, and hear what is going on because it could easily be the flip side," Watson said. "It is a blessing and it just kind of got away from me for a little bit with all the attention that I have gotten, so I just have to find myself and be the Deshaun Watson that I always will be."

During the process, he’s sought advice from those closest to his situation.

“I talked to Coach Swinney a little bit about it today, and I talked to Coach (Brandon) Streeter last night, and I talked to some of the offensive guys, too, yesterday about this opportunity,” Watson said. “Everyone kind of feels the same and understands it.”

He has heard the doubts that have crept in concerning his play and the play of the offense, but says the offensive will find the things that work and go from there.

“It's very early in the season, and we just have to find what we're good at,” he said. “We have to find out what the offensive line is comfortable doing, what the running backs are comfortable running and have to go from there. It's something we can build on.”

“It's going to start with going back to the basics and being very detailed with what we're doing and having fun and getting that rhythm and having that confidence. We haven't found our swagger on offense, and that's what we're missing right now. Just having that swag and playing loose and understanding that we have the potential to be one of the best teams in the country but we've got to go out there and really prove. Be loose, have that swag about ourselves and be confident.”v


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spacer New Story: Deshaun Watson: "I'm not Superman. I'm human. I make mistakes."
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spacer So next time y'all call him out, remember he is a kid with
kea04
spacer Re: So next time y'all call him out, remember he is a kid with
W8kbrder
spacer DW aside, I don't call individuals out. "we need to find out
ragtop
spacer How much do you really think you can learn in camp?
TigersAndCubs
spacer Re: How much do you really think you can learn in camp?
tigerinaiken®
spacer Re: So next time y'all call him out, remember he is a kid with
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer As usual, AOATT nailed it
2k®
spacer Re: So next time y'all call him out, remember he is a kid with
UpstateTiger11
spacer Re: So next time y'all call him out, remember he is a kid with
TigerJB3
spacer Unfortunately, I heard both of these in the stands, Saturday
plumbtiger®
spacer Re: Unfortunately, I heard both of these in the stands, Saturday
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: So next time y'all call him out, remember he is a kid with
79BSEDUC®
spacer Well Clemson isn't the NFL. For the team to have to hear
Tiger5
spacer Re: So next time y'all call him out, remember he is a kid with
CinTiger1
spacer Re: So next time y'all call him out, remember he is a kid with
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Stereotyping minorities again, I see .......***
Rocky the Tiger®
spacer Listen to the Fans who see the Problems!
marklee
spacer Re: Listen to the Fans who see the Problems!
allorangeallthetime52®
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WhstigeR®
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Buckhed
spacer That, my friends, is a leader
tiger_thom®
spacer Good to hear this.
Razorpaws
spacer Re: New Story: Deshaun Watson: "I'm not Superman. I'm human. I make mistakes."
CUYankee
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spacer Re: New Story: Deshaun Watson: "I'm not Superman. I'm human. I make mistakes."
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Not good enough for me. I'm a fan and I buy tshirts
GeeVille Tiger
spacer Re: Not good enough for me. I'm a fan and I buy tshirts
elk8177
spacer But I buy tshirts....where else am I supose to rant
GeeVille Tiger
spacer Re: But I buy tshirts....where else am I supose to rant
CUtigerMB
spacer WOOSH!
CU2013®
spacer Re: Not good enough for me. I'm a fan and I buy tshirts
clemson7024
spacer Re: Not good enough for me. I'm a fan and I buy tshirts
clemson7024
spacer Re: Not good enough for me. I'm a fan and I buy tshirts
Scout
spacer Deer Scout, I see you only have 6 posts...
francismariontiger®
spacer WOOOOSH! again***
vernertater
spacer I've played multiple undefeated seasons of tecmo superbowl
GeeVille Tiger
spacer Don't settle - go pull for somebody else.***
sregit98®
spacer Cant..my whole life is Clemson. I got nothing
GeeVille Tiger
spacer I see you haven't lost your sense of humor. :-)***
sregit98®
spacer Re: Not good enough for me. I'm a fan and I buy tshirts
AikenTiger1114
spacer Re: Not good enough for me. I'm a fan and I buy tshirts
CUtigerMB
spacer Clearly I can not drink from the cup in front of you***
GeeVille Tiger
spacer Glad I just changed the batteries in my sarcasm meter!
cutgrfan®
spacer Re: Not good enough for me. I'm a fan and I buy tshirts
lhaselden
spacer Re: Not good enough for me. I'm a fan and I buy tshirts
tigerinaiken®
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TennesseeLadyTiger®
spacer I'd like to see CJ Spiller talk with him
flyslyw
spacer the media attention
FORESTTIGER
spacer Re: the media attention
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spacer Agreed. These players don't have to answer to any1
GeeVille Tiger
spacer Don't think Watson cares about what the media thinks.
Tiger5
spacer dang this kids already got perspective
tigrrfan
spacer Re: There are several factors to understand
clemvol
spacer Re: There are several factors to understand
ddclemson
spacer I am pulling for you Deshaun! Hang in there with all this
AThomas®
spacer He's still superman to me!***
Neal in NC®
spacer Me too!***
sregit98®
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HJ4CU
spacer I don't think this statement was made because of boos but
AThomas®
spacer What u talking bout willis? Only booing I heard
GeeVille Tiger
spacer Re: What u talking bout willis? Only booing I heard
TennesseeLadyTiger®
spacer Understandable, the refs provided the fans plenty of opportunites***
GeeVille Tiger
spacer I heard only a few boos - any is too much but
cu1981fan
spacer Re: I heard only a few boos - any is too much but
GSCtiger
spacer I don't recall anyone booing at any point during the game.
The hillbilly beater®
spacer Its not Deshaun - only 2 plays so far this year upset me
Tiger1955
spacer I'm more worried about our oc's and our ol***
xtiger
spacer Re: I'm more worried about our oc's and our ol***
Tigerdug23®
spacer Love Deshaun. Clemson is blessed to have him!
tiger-bun
spacer Re: New Story: Deshaun Watson: "I'm not Superman. I'm human. I make mistakes."
Tigerdug23®
spacer He better not kneel for the national anthem
Born2Behave®
spacer I sure hope someone's told the team those boos were
solidorangetigerfan14®
spacer AGREE!!! Watching that group of officials was like watching
clemsonsuzi®
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Bleedorange864
spacer Martavis had the same issue at Clemson...maybe it's the #***
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greenvillealum07
spacer Charlie Whitehurst sure never apologized for a thing
Hi Cotton Tiger®
spacer Back then Charlie usually had a point. ;-)***
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leftie
spacer Never thought I would be glad to have an FCS team on the
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer The lesson here is that if you do the Superman thing,
CUintulsa
spacer He's just putting on the Clark Kent glasses so they won't
76er®
spacer I Hope DW can get the passion Back for Football. Remember
JumboTiger
spacer Bring back the Dabo Dance
tbone87
spacer Deshaun, it all starts and ends with Cam Newton...Have you
OneChristianGuy
spacer A lot of people felt something was wrong with the O. It
OleClem
spacer The Elephants in the Room
tigered1®
spacer HE's still the best I've ever seen play at Clemson
Tigerdrafted
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tigernation2000
spacer Body language...he hit the nail on the head. And he owned
Tigergal85
spacer Re: No Apologies Necessary!
IronTiger81®
spacer Here's hoping this really was DW4's "Tebow moment." That
76er®
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