Quarterback Controversy?


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Stoudt was 3-11 for 19 yards with 3 Ints on Saturday.

ATLANTA, GA – What started out as a cold but sunny day in Atlanta turned into a depressing day clouded in quarterback controversy. At least in the eyes of the fans, because Clemson’s coaches weren’t willing to admit that third-stringer Nick SchuesslerNick Schuessler
RS So. Quarterback
#12 6-3, 195
Grayson, GA

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might have a shot at starting next week.

Freshman Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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suffered what could be a torn ACL in the first quarter of Saturday’s desultory 28-6 loss at Georgia Tech, and senior Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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was ineffective in relief.

Third-stringer Nick Schuessler came on in relief of Stoudt and finished 4-for-4 for 19 yards, but really didn’t get a chance to run the offense with Georgia Tech blitzing almost every down.

With Stoudt’s ineffectiveness and lack of confidence, will there be a quarterback battle in Clemson this week and next?

Morris said he believes that Schuessler needs to get at least an extended look.

“I believe so, yes. I don’t know that for a fact at this point, but he is going to have to have plenty of reps,” Morris said after the game. "Now, am I saying that it is wide open right now? We don’t know that right now. We are going to go back and reevaluate things and look at things. Cole won the starting job back in April and we have to get back to that level and execute the base offense.”

I asked head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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if the quarterback spot – should Watson’s injury end up being as serious as fear – would be up for grabs.

“I have no idea. We’ve just got to go back to work,” Swinney said. “It was a very disappointing game. We’ve got to go back to work and figure it out. We'll go back to work on Monday and we'll figure it out. I certainly don't want to make that decision today. We've got to get back to the drawing board there to put a good plan together and see if we can get one of those guys to go out and play well for us.”

He then defended his senior quarterback and said it wasn’t fair to put the offensive woes all on Stoudt’s shoulders.

“Y’all saw the game. It’s not on Cole. Cole didn’t have his best day,” Swinney said. “We all have ownership in this day, period. You wish we could’ve executed better in certain spots but we didn’t Cole’s led us to four victories, but we didn’t get it done today. The bottom line is we can’t turn the football over. We were very simple in some things but we just didn’t do the basics of our system. It caught us. It bit us in the rear, especially against a team like that. Again, two scores and another when we had field position. Your’ not going to overcome that against many teams and certainly not against a team like Georgia Tech.”


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New Story: Quarterback Controversy?
TigerNet News
Ya think!?!?!?!?***
TonyTiger®
In the media business, we call this kind of story 'filler'
strodetiger®
I dont think its too much of a controversy
Pawsitive Force
Re: I dont think its too much of a controversy
wrmurray
Re: I dont think its too much of a controversy
damojav1
Re: New Story: Quarterback Controversy?
rsease
No Controversy
andylayne
We won those four games IN SPITE OF Cole!!!!!***
Lilnaitch
So who threw the passes that set up FGs and TDs?
Drobins
defense won those games.fact***
tgrfan42069
Re: So who threw the passes that set up FGs and TDs?
clemtiger820
Re: So who threw the passes that set up FGs and TDs?
clearwater
Re: So who threw the passes that set up FGs and TDs?
clearwater
Re: So who threw the passes that set up FGs and TDs?
Tigerdrafted
I would have named Nick the starter before the handshake
Cdixon11
Re: New Story: Quarterback Controversy?
creet74
Schuessler
Prime T. Tiger
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Biggr316
Re: New Story: Quarterback Controversy?
Yoshimuf
well...
TIGERCOOK®
Re: well...
HunterClemsonTigers
Re: well...
sadmba
3 and out Stoudt
AeroTiger®
Re: New Story: Quarterback Controversy?
tigersincepell®
Re: New Story: Quarterback Controversy?
clemtiger820
David, at least you could give me some acknowledgement
ahay®
lol at this line
tgrfan42069
Re: lol at this line
Tigerdrafted
im sorry dabo but cole could have bamas o line..
tgrfan42069
Dabo is Stuburn
Tigerdrafted
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HTS1
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sadmba
Seriously? Cole couldn't start for my local HS team.***
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Quarterback Controversy?
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tillmanhalltailgater17®
It IS on Cole. Two pick six's changed he game completely.
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