Schuessler ready to be the starter?


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Schuessler was 4-4 for 19 yards in relief of Cole Stoudt.
Schuessler was 4-4 for 19 yards in relief of Cole Stoudt.

ATLANTA, GA – Throughout every football player’s career, they are told that they are only one play away from having to enter a game, so whether they’re second or third string they must prepare as if they’ll play.

Despite having heard that old saying during his time at Clemson Nick SchuesslerNick Schuessler
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#12 6-3, 195
Grayson, GA

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had no idea that his one play would happen on Saturday, but the Georgia native was ready when his name was called.

After Clemson quarterback Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
Fr. Quarterback
#4 6-3, 204
Gainesville, GA

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went down in the first quarter with what appears to be a torn ACL and senior Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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threw three interceptions – two which were pick sixes – it was Schuessler’s turn to see if he could provide a spark.

The redshirt sophomore heard his name come over the headset and he immediately went to prepare himself both mentally and physically but unfortunately no amount of preparation could have prepared him for what he and the Tigers faced in the 28-6 loss to Georgia Tech Saturday afternoon at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

“I hate to see Deshaun going down early and it’s unfortunate what happened with Cole, but I’m just thankful for the opportunity that I was given to go out there,” Schuessler told the media after Saturday’s game. “I couldn’t do too much to bring the team back which is disappointing. I’m really thankful for the opportunity I was given.”

Schuessler’s practice reps decreased this week with Watson trying to come back from a broken hand, but he said that he prepared the same as the previous four weeks and the only thing he regrets is not being able to do more for his team.

“It slowed down with the return of Deshaun compared to the last few weeks with him going through rehab,” Schuessler said. “I knew that it would be a little less than normal. That’s something we all take pride in is preparing like the starter every week. I did that and prepared myself mentally for the game. It sucks going out there and not having the outcome you want.”

With three quarterbacks trying to prepare, Schuessler knows that he must make the most of every practice and every second of playing time.

“We all compete every week, so that’s up to the coaches. Coach Swinney told me when I first got here from Mississippi State to not count your reps but make your reps count,” he said. “That’s something I take pride in. If I get 10 reps in practice or 100 reps in practice, it’s not going to change. We all have a good, healthy competition and even when Deshaun was the starter we were all out there competing.

“Whether we get mop up duty at the end of the game or go in on the second play, we know we’re only one play away from the next guy being up. Coach Swinney has done a great job getting that next guy ready so there’s not a drop off in performance and put our team in the best position to win.”

But with Watson likely out for the season and Stoudt struggling, Schuessler may be competing for more than just mop up duty – a chance to start Clemson’s final two games of the season may be on the line.

“I’m extremely confident. We work all summer, all spring and all fall and at camp,” he said. “I’ve prepared each week like I’m the starter, so with my knowledge I don’t feel like there’s a situation that I wouldn’t feel comfortable doing when I’m playing.”

And just like Saturday, if his number is called Schuessler said he’ll be ready.

“Absolutely. I compete every day and make the most of each rep that they get,” he said. “If that’s what the coaches are looking for, then I’ll be ready.”

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spacer This guy is a team player and will leave it all on the field
CuTigers835®
spacer With Tech beating us 102-65 in PASSING Yds?
Dr. Nikola Tesla
spacer With Tech beating us 102-65 in PASSING Yds?
Dr. Nikola Tesla
spacer Re: With Tech beating us 102-65 in PASSING Yds?
Yoshimuf
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jamesw1962
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Topher
spacer Cole
Prime T. Tiger
spacer Re: Cole
_Chase14
spacer You are missing at least one key point. Cole is HURT***
Tiger_Fan_007®
spacer Oh God. Has it really come down to this?***
BentZero
spacer Re: Oh God. Has it really come down to this?***
NCCU
spacer you might want to go back and review
llamasnot
spacer Re: Oh God. Has it really come down to this?***
Litefoot®
spacer Uhh..
Prime T. Tiger
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footballmanager
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ziggy_1118
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_Chase14
spacer It's really about beating SCU at this point....
NorthTexasTiger
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I bleed orange
spacer Turn Dr Schuess loose!!! Heck it cant get worse than
AllTimeClemson
spacer quick feet but no arm and no experience…..
epifunny
spacer Re: quick feet but no arm and no experience…..
I bleed orange
spacer Besides its not the fans causing his loss in confidence....
PACIFIC BEACH TIGER
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upsmansc
spacer kinda hard for the defense to stop pick 6s
llamasnot
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Hward36
spacer Give him a shot
andylayne®
spacer after the game comments....
Hward36
spacer Re: Unfathomable
clemvol
spacer Dude with no pulse, Cole is HURT. HURT HURT HURT
Tiger_Fan_007®
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