Schuessler - not Watson - warmed up after Stoudt injury


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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney greets Cole Stoudt (Photo by Jeremy Brevard)
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney greets Cole Stoudt (Photo by Jeremy Brevard)

WINSTON-SALEM, NC –Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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was slammed to the turf in the second quarter of Thursday’s win over Wake Forest, and the pain in his left shoulder returned. Stoudt bounced to his feet, but immediately began trying to loosen the shoulder to see if he could continue playing.

Offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
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was so convinced that Stoudt wouldn’t be able to continue that he told head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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that the Tigers should probably get third-stringer Nick SchuesslerNick Schuessler
RS So. Quarterback
#12 6-3, 195
Grayson, GA

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warmed up and ready to play.

Stoudt managed to finish the game, however, completing 27-of-42 for 282 yards with three touchdowns and he told TigerNet after the game that he knew he would finish the contest.

“In the second quarter, I reinjured my shoulder. I slammed on it when I ran a little quarterback draw,” Stoudt said. “I knew I could play through the pain because I have before. I just had to fight through it. The o-line did a great job giving me time out there and protecting me.”

Morris said that he was sure Schuessler would have to play.

“We actually warmed Nick up. We told Nick to go ahead and get loose,” Morris said. “I went to Coach Swinney and said that I felt like Nick was fixing to go in and Cole is hurting pretty good. Cole, being the competitor that he is, the fighter, the scratcher - he's going to to take advantage of every opportunity. You've got to love that in a senior that has sold out for you.”

Swinney said earlier this week that freshman sensation Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
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Gainesville, GA

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would be available if needed Thursday night, but Morris said that Watson wasn’t much of an option.

“We weren't going to put Deshaun in. We went into it with we're going to wait and see,” he said. “We're going to give it another week and let him get healthy and go from there.”

Instead, the Tigers rode the leadership of Stoudt – and a stingy defense – to the win.

“I thought Cole did a really good job managing the game. I know he had a bad ball early and was late on a throw,” Morris said.”I thought we had a chance to pick up a first down that was sitting on the chains and we knew they would be and we were a little late on it. I thought he did a great job especially late in that first half of hitting his check downs and keeping drives alive. The big throw to Artavis ScottArtavis Scott
Fr. Wide Receiver
#3 5-11, 190
Oldsmar, FL

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on our sideline on third-and-long and being able to find Wayne GallmanWayne Gallman
RS Fr. Running Back
#9 6-1, 209
Loganville, GA

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on check down.

“I thought he did a good job managing the game and he ran the ball well. When we had to have him run the ball, I was pleased. The guy has been playing hurt the last few weeks so it's just a tribute to him and being a senior and battling, scratching and clawing. I'm really proud of him. I was pleased. We missed some balls and he wishes he had a few back on some guys that might have put it away a little earlier but a tribute to him. He did a really good job handling some of the adverse situations of the last month.”

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spacer So whats this mean for DW playing vs GT?
NorthAlabamaTiger
spacer at this point we can just assume that when
T_I_P
spacer Dabo must have said
TigerHawk76®
spacer At this point he IS the coach and doesn't owe us any
Tiger5
spacer Re: At this point he IS the coach and doesn't owe us any
garrick3270
spacer Makes you wonder if DW will play vs GT***
Tiger95
spacer Re: Makes you wonder if DW will play vs GT***
ruatiger®
spacer Some of these posts makes you wonder if the people read the
Tiger5
spacer So, Dabo wasn't lying when he said DW would play if needed
tmitchell27®
spacer Re: So, Dabo wasn't lying when he said DW would play if needed
ancientorange
spacer Re: So, Dabo wasn't lying when he said DW would play if needed
G PAW
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phonograf®
spacer Re: So, Dabo wasn't lying when he said DW would play if needed
Tgrlvr1989
spacer Well said!
CU2013®
spacer Re: So, Dabo wasn't lying when he said DW would play if needed
irmotig®
spacer Did any of these idjits ever consider
TigerHawk76®
spacer Re: So, Dabo wasn't lying when he said DW would play if needed
Tigerdrafted
spacer Re: So, Dabo wasn't lying when he said DW would play if needed
ruatiger®
spacer Re: So, Dabo wasn't lying when he said DW would play if needed
baldfan4life
spacer Re: So, Dabo wasn't lying when he said DW would play if needed
pacman116
spacer Re: So, Dabo wasn't lying when he said DW would play if needed
ruatiger®
spacer These 4 straight victories have really got them stirred up.
Tiger5
spacer Re: So, Dabo wasn't lying when he said DW would play if needed
bedelo
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1988NC
spacer i understand the stout thing
tigersincepell®
spacer I don't understand why everyone is upset about this?
Tall_Tiger_Two
spacer Re: I don't understand why everyone is upset about this?
BigDinCtown
spacer I hope that wasn't directed at me...otherwise, you can take
Tall_Tiger_Two
spacer Re: I don't understand why everyone is upset about this?
movino®
spacer Bingo! Watson was all smiles the entire game.***
Tiger5
spacer Fans? Spectators!***
Tiger5
spacer Defense slacked off a bit at wf
Mmed76
spacer mixed signals coming out of the west zone
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