For Cole Stoudt, a lot has changed in three years


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Stoudt was impressive in his first scrimmage
Stoudt was impressive in his first scrimmage

CLEMSON – The first time I saw quarterback Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
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Dublin, OH

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, he was riding on the back of a golf cart with former offensive coordinator Billy Napier prior to a game early in the 2010 season. The team had just completed TigerWalk, and Stoudt was enjoying taking a ride with his recruiter and the person he thought would be his quarterbacks coach and coordinator once he arrived at Clemson.

He was every bit the teenager – wide-eyed and smiling, gawky and skinny, confident he knew what the future held.

As we all know, however, a lot can happen in three years.

Stoudt was interviewed by the media last week following one of Clemson’s spring practices, and it was very obvious that the recruit we first saw – and even the quarterback we saw at times last season – has changed. He’s bigger, stronger, and more confident. He looks like a quarterback, he talks like a quarterback, and from what we’ve heard from the other players and the coaches, he’s playing like a quarterback who finally has it all figured out.

The Dublin, Ohio product has earned praise from both offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
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and head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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during the first part of spring practice, and had the best numbers of any quarterback during last week’s scrimmage, connecting on 6-of-9 passes for 113 yards with two touchdowns and an interception.

Stoudt credited the change with added maturity and being able to work out with his father, former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt, who has helped his son relax by working on consistency in his throwing motion.

“I’ve been throwing with my Dad, (I’ve been) working on my form,” Stoudt said. “Just learning to relax my throw instead of being tense and having to worry about every single throw. Just go out and throw and have fun with it.”

It also helps to pick the brain of a former NFL player.

“I don’t think I’ve ever gone home and he hasn’t talked about football,” Stoudt said. “Every single time we do, it’s a great conversation. “We’re in depth with it, going through the playbook, talking – I’ve never been like, ‘Oh my gosh, I don’t want to talk about football.’ It’s like: ‘Can we please talk.’ It’s got me in a groove and I got my motivation back talking to him.”

Cliff Stoudt told TigerNet this week that he has also seen the change in his son.

“Physically, he has developed a lot and he is a little bit stronger,” Cliff said. “But Cole has always been receptive to me when we talk. He works on things we see. If I see a kink in his throwing motion, he will change and work on it and he has become very comfortable with his motion.

“He has worked on the little things. I’ve told him that when it comes to throwing, it has become where it’s like taking your next breath and you don’t even think about it. When you are not thinking about that, you can concentrate on the next play. He has put it all together like I told him it would.”

Stoudt told the media that with the arrival of the much-heralded Chad KellyChad Kelly
Fr. Quarterback
#11 6-2, 210
Buffalo, NY

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and with the lack of playing time behind starter Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Jr. Quarterback
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Hampton, VA

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, he contemplated transferring to another school.

His love of Clemson, however, won out.

“I don’t think there’s any other place like Clemson,” he said. “I’ve loved it ever since I’ve been here. The coaches are great. Being around these coaches are like being around another family. I don’t think I could ever leave. Even after college, I might just stay in Clemson.”

Last spring, there might have been very little motivation to go out and compete – he wasn’t pushed for the second spot on the depth chart, and he knew he couldn’t unseat the incumbent.

This spring, however, is a different story as Kelly and Stoudt are locked in a battle for the number two spot for this season – and a battle for the number one spot next year.

“Every spring is big,” Stoudt said, “but this is one is pretty big. Next year when Tajh is gone it’s just going to be me and Chad battling out again. (I’m) just trying to get as much as I can done here to be the best as I can be. Trying to get some playing time next year – I’m hoping I will.”

He said that the competition in the quarterback room is intense, but they also push each other to be better.

“Our competition is tight in the meeting rooms coaching each other,” he said. “Me, Donny (McElveen), Tajh, Chad – we’re all coaching up Tajh and Tajh is coaching up us. It’s kind of like us all coaching each other and making all of us better. The competition between me and Chad is good. It’s making us work hard and making us push Tajh, which is what we really need to do.”


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spacer Competition breds motivation and progress
Drobins
spacer I remember the bc game
Tiger6060
spacer Stoudt is the guy
tonytiger100
spacer are you being serious?
Prime T. Tiger
spacer My prediction
PenthouseTiger
spacer That;s very possible. They both have their strengths
Drobins
spacer I think that is very likely.***
Smiling Tiger®
spacer Re: A 2 QB System Would be Interesting After Boyd Leaves.***
Rex123
spacer Those almost never work***
PenthouseTiger
spacer Watson starts in 2014***
Neal in NC®
spacer I can see that....agree***
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Tigerbalm1®
spacer You're joking, right?
CU2013®
spacer Honestly, I would rather see Chad Kelly be the starter
cutiger51908
spacer Re: Honestly, I would rather see Chad Kelly be the starter
PenthouseTiger
spacer Re: Honestly, I would rather see Chad Kelly be the starter
RhinoTiger
spacer Re: Honestly, I would rather see Chad Kelly be the starter
Tigerbalm1®
spacer Re: You're joking, right?
TigerTripp
spacer Re: You're joking, right?
PenthouseTiger
spacer Deshaun Watson
clemson3b
spacer Re: Deshaun Watson
sll6an
spacer Paul Macko was the best spring game RB ever!!!***
kiggity
spacer Could not hold a handle to
milerock®
spacer Never heard of him.
kiggity
spacer Re: You're joking, right?
dgcannon39
spacer (LMBO)
Prime T. Tiger
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dgcannon39
spacer He's my favorite player***
gopaws4
spacer With the progress he's made I think it's possible
cutiger51908
spacer Re: With the progress he's made I think it's possible
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer Re: I've liked Cole since coaching against him
ohiotiger
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sll6an
spacer One thing about Cole, he is a true Clemson man
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insanetigerfan08
spacer Re: One thing about Cole, he is a true Clemson man
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spacer When he's been in, he's been shockingly good.
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spacer But if they don't........
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