Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee


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Swinney says Stoudt gives Tigers best chance to win in Tallahassee

CLEMSON – Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
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didn’t mince words Monday morning when asked if quarterback Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Sr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 231
Dublin, OH

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would be the starter at Florida St. in 12 days, saying that he thinks Stoudt gives the Tigers the best chance to win on the road.

Clemson travels to Tallahassee to take on No. 1 Florida on Sept. 20th, a game that will likely decide both teams’ fate in the race for the Atlantic Coast Conference Division title. Freshman Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
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Gainesville, GA

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has been impressive in limited action – both at Georgia and at home this past weekend against South Carolina St. – leading many fans to question whether Watson would give Clemson the best chance to upset the Seminoles.

Watson completed 8-of-9 passes for 154 yards and three touchdowns Saturday, while Stoudt completed 22-of-31 passes for 302 yards and one touchdown.

Swinney responded by saying that he doesn’t coach to please the fans, he coaches to win games.

“Cole is our starter. I'm not into pleasing the fans, that's for sure. I probably wouldn't have this job still if I was into pleasing the fans,” Swinney said in response to the question. “That's the last thing I'm worried about. I'm worried about doing what's best every single day for this team, for these players to give the whole team the best chance to win. I'm sure people want to have some big controversy, but we're not going to have a controversy. The best player is going to play.

Cole Stoudt is our starter and that's just the way it is. If something changes, then it will change on the field through performance. It has not changed to this point. We knew coming in that at some point this would be all anyone wanted to talk about. All anyone ever wants to talk about is the backup quarterback. It doesn't matter where you are or who you are, that's the story. Cole Stoudt has played well for us. We know what we're looking at and we know what we're asking him to do. He hasn't played perfect, but he's played very well as the starter. It's frustrating when people don't want to recognize that.”

Swinney said that just because Stoudt is the starter now, however, doesn’t mean that the job is his until the end of his career.

“Does that mean he's going to be the guy the rest of his career? No,” Swinney said. “He's got to perform at a high level just like every other position out there. We know we have a very special talent in Deshaun Watson. That's why we recruited him. It's not some big, shocking thing to us. We knew that. He has to play well with his opportunities. It's not just the games. Practice counts too. We watch everything.”

He continued by saying that Stoudt has to continue to perform, but called out the fans for booing Stoudt when he would enter Saturday’s 73-7 win over South Carolina St.

“We've been doing this since January. Cole Stoudt won the job and you take it as far as you can from a practice standpoint and the next thing you do is you go out and you play games,” he said. “We've only played two games to this point. Cole Stoudt's job is to play at a high level and try to make us keep him as the number one guy. Deshuan Watson's job is to try to beat him out. Our job as coaches is to evaluate that. That's what we do every day.

“We don't listen to the fans. I do think it's sad when you have fans boo a player. I think that's really sad. I didn't know that happened until after the game. When a guy is playing his butt off for you and he's a dedicated, disciplined player that is playing well and he gets booed and then you have another guy come in and he gets cheered. I just think that's bad. You cheer for all of your guys and trust the coaches to do their job. If the coaches don't you hold them accountable, but love the players.”

Swinney said that he and offensive coordinator Chad Morris will play the best player, and right now that is Stoudt.

"We'll continue to evaluate and manage that situation, like every other coaching staff in the country," he said. "I've got a pretty good quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator that I have a lot of confidence in. His input is obviously of paramount importance in all of these decisions. That's why Cole Stoudt is the starter. He and I both felt like he [Stoudt] gives us the best chance to win. We're excited that we have another great quarterback. There's not a problem here. It's a good thing that we think is going to continue to produce good quarterback play for us. If there's a change somewhere down the road, there will be a change. It will happen but let's go play the game and see where we are as we move through the year. I'm very pleased with how Cole Stoudt has performed and I'm very pleased with how Deshaun has performed. That's where we are."

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vanquished
spacer Hmmm, I think he did.***
TigerTown
spacer 2 QB systems rarely workout - seems pretty obvious after 2
RC Tiger®
spacer Obviously, Dabo disagrees.***
Smiling Tiger®
spacer 2007 Florida team says hello***
soccerkrzy®
spacer Re: 2007 Florida team says hello***
CFlowers85
spacer I was there of it was only a handful and you could barely
The hillbilly beater®
spacer I don't care who the QB is
footballmanager
spacer Re: I don't care who the QB is
slumdog
spacer Booing occurred after Cole overthrew a receiver.
soccerkrzy®
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NorCATiger®
spacer What's the difference?
kiggity
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ruatiger®
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DUFFER®
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slumdog
spacer If Dabo would just play the best player
Tigerdrafted
spacer Booing is low class period.***
Tiger5
spacer Re: 2 QB systems rarely workout - seems pretty obvious after 2
81tiger81
spacer Re: 2 QB systems rarely workout - seems pretty obvious after 2
Dugatiger®
spacer White and Shingler worked very well for us back in the day.
CUTIGR69
spacer alright dabo, if this is TRUE please don't put watson in....
pheebo
spacer My thoughts, exactly. It shows the silliness of Dabo's claim***
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: My thoughts, exactly. It shows the silliness of Dabo's claim***
BMWTiger94
spacer Re: My thoughts, exactly. It shows the silliness of Dabo's claim***
slumdog
spacer Re: My thoughts, exactly. It shows the silliness of Dabo's claim***
DUFFER®
spacer What are your "excellent credentials" that allows you to
AllTimeClemson
spacer You have no logical counterpoint, so you attack me? Weak!
Razzmatazz
spacer Man you won't ever find intelligent discussion on this site
PenthouseTiger
spacer There's some, but sadly there are many intolerant juveniles.***
Razzmatazz
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tmac9wr
spacer I am 67, and Dabo is playing #4 some for experience for 2015
CUTIGR69
spacer Re: My thoughts, exactly. It shows the silliness of Dabo's claim***
DUFFER®
spacer Re: My thoughts, exactly. It shows the silliness of Dabo's claim***
tmac9wr
spacer I'm sure Dabo really cares what you think.***
Tiger5
spacer Re: alright dabo, if this is TRUE please don't put watson in....
smitty1959®
spacer Re: alright dabo, if this is TRUE please don't put watson in....
Fjstigerfan
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TotalTeeTiger®
spacer I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
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DUFFER®
spacer Thats my thoughts as well....
ClemfanWV
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spacer Re: Thats my thoughts as well....
WhstigeR®
spacer SMH....it never occured to me bc thats a myth...
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tmac9wr
spacer Go back to your Xbox***
AllTimeClemson
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spacer If everybody had that attitude we'd still have Tommy Bowden
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spacer We were wondering who got rid of Bowden. LOL!***
Tiger5
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180Tiger
spacer How mad were you when Willie Simmons got benched?
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spacer What is this, a beauty pageant?
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spacer Re: I guess I have 2 tickets for sale @ FSU
allorangeallthetime52®
spacer So...I'll buy them at face value from you.***
soccerkrzy®
spacer Re: So...I'll buy them at face value from you.***
WeToDeep®
spacer Don't hold your breath waiting on these tickets he HAS.***
Tiger5
spacer Do Clemson a favor
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spacer You sure showed him!***
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spacer Go back to STS
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WeToDeep®
spacer Well, obviously it's time for....
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spacer FIRE DABO!
Smiling Tiger®
spacer You forgot Brownell***
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fuzzyduck
spacer I like Stoudt
kgpittm®
spacer Get out of here...
francismariontiger®
spacer We won by 66 points and the fans were booing because they
Tiger5
spacer Now those are real Clemson fans! When Cole starts
vernertater
spacer Only foolish fans boo own player!***
tigeron®
spacer I still disagree with Dabo, but I do agree about the booing.
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spacer When did people boo.
ClemfanWV
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Jcantrell86®
spacer That's actually exactly what happened, there are just some drama queens on here.***
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thevalley484®
spacer Fans shouldn't make coaching decisions
SquishyWaffle
spacer I have to ask why...
greene
spacer It's head-scratching for sure.
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KentuckyTiger26
spacer Its hard to argue with what the above poster stated...
ClemfanWV
spacer Agreed - Dabo needs to stop talking about it***
RC Tiger®
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cuted
spacer He's simply responding to the stupid fan talk. Not a Dabo
Tiger5
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greene
spacer Dabo makes $2.5 mil, you?***
Tiger5
spacer So stupid
ChinkSNU
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cuted
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41rcook
spacer After this disaster, Cole is going to be known as
hotsawce
spacer He certainly might be, especially with that TERRIBLE OL
AllTimeClemson
spacer What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
Razzmatazz
spacer Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
footballmanager
spacer So you can't answer the question either. I guess we agree.***
Razzmatazz
spacer You're the one with all the answers. Right!***
Tiger5
spacer Ughh... I'm the one who asked the question. See it above?***
Razzmatazz
spacer Yes you asked the question and then answered it.
Tiger5
spacer I gave reasons for asking my question just like reporters do***
Razzmatazz
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tmac9wr
spacer Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
brooksf
spacer No dog in this fight but I'll say this, Razz.
ClemsonTiger1988®
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Razzmatazz
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ClemsonTiger1988®
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footballmanager
spacer Re: No dog in this fight but I'll say this, Razz.
trek5500
spacer Re: No dog in this fight but I'll say this, Razz.
footballmanager
spacer I trust Cole a lot more to change the play at the line
SquishyWaffle
spacer But the coaches trusted Watson vs. UGA & ex-FSU DC Pruitt.***
Razzmatazz
spacer DW changed the play at the line on his TD at UGA***
RC Tiger®
spacer Link?***
Tiger5
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RC Tiger®
spacer Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
TrickyRick86®
spacer Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
ruatiger®
spacer Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
carolinachef
spacer Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
Tigerdrafted
spacer Re: What does Stoudt do better than Watson? Nothing that I see.
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JCAM
spacer Re: Then coaches to please who?????
clemvol
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Guessagin
spacer Dabo could care less what coots think. Matter of fact, who
Tiger5
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tigerprice07
spacer We crowned him King so what do we expect.
Tman84
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sanwt
spacer ... or it's possible that he's just being loyal to Stoudt.***
Razzmatazz
spacer What's the back story to that?***
tigerdrummer®
spacer Dabo has his back.***
Razzmatazz
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dattiger05
spacer So Morris sacrificed loss to UGA in order to surprise FSU?!?***
Razzmatazz
spacer WHY don't you go to the source and quit asking all the fans
Tiger5
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dattiger05
spacer This would bean issue if QB was a PROBLEM!
Chungzilla
spacer Fans seem to be creating a new source of stress and division
Completely Solid Orange®
spacer We Too Deep for our own good
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spacer Things Swinney has also said:
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smitty1959®
spacer so much dissension in our fan base . . . .
freakgeek
spacer Re: so much dissension in our fan base . . . .
rwwjr
spacer Anyone who booed over this is a complete idiot.***
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spacer I thnk the defense will send the house with Stoudt in there
Tigerdrafted
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spacer If Deshaun doesn't play at least
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spacer I say again... what's the difference?
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