Deshaun Watson- QB Clemson

6-2.5", 215, (O) 4.66! 32.5" Vert!

6.95 4-Cone! 4.31 SS, 

33" Arm,  9'11" Broad! 

Fight For Consistency. 

By TOM

I think he is the best QB in the Draft. I don't like running QBs, but he can really be fun to watch in the open field. "They obviously are going to poke holes," Watson said. "If I were in their shoes, I would poke holes, too. I take full responsibility in all of that. Being the face of college football for two years, handling the success, handling all the criticism and the adversity. One thing that translates from college to the NFL is winners, and I think, being a quarterback, that’s the biggest thing being recognized, winning games. That’s all I’ve been doing." He is so dangerous with his feet. But it just doesn't work in the NFL. NFL defenders will kill him.

I don't like his footwork in the pocket. "My reaction would be excited," Watson said about being drafted by the Browns. "I'd be really excited to go up there and play for those guys and Hugh Jackson. It wasn't a diss or anything like that. If you know the whole story, it was a joke that me and Jason Garrett had last year because I won the Davey O'Brien the year before too. And Davey O'Brien people are big Cowboys fans. At the time, the Cowboys were looking for a quarterback. Tony Romo was hurt and so I told them, 'Hey, if I'm able to come back and win the Davey O'Brien award next year, I promise you that I'll be back and if I do you have to draft me.' That was the joke. It wasn’t a diss to any team or franchise. I’d be happy to go anywhere." Smart guy that can run the offense, and has learned to call timeout when the play isn't there. 

He played in a spread system, and teams are worried about this presnap reads. "Every team I went to asked me those questions," Watson said. "I handled it well, answered the questions and they were very impressed. They know that I’m not just some other quarterback that’s running a spread offense. [I showed I'm a] guy that can operate, make good decisions and recognize what the defense is doing and be successful doing it." He had one of the greatest seasons in NFL history.

2016: Finalist for the Heisman Trophy and Walter Camp Player of the Year ... Maxwell Award semifinalist ... Davey O’Brien Award winner for a second straight year ... Manning Award winner for second straight year ... won Johnny Unitas Award, presented annually to the top graduating quarterback in college football ... earned Chic Harley Award, presented to the top player nationally by the Touchdown Clumb of Columbus, Ohio ... won Bobby Bowden Award for the college player who epitomizes a student-athlete on and off the field ... National Offensive Player of the Year by Scout ... second-team All-American by AFCA, Associated Press, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and Walter Camp ... third-team All-American by Phil Steele ... second-team All-ACC (media, coaches) ... ACC Championship Game Most Valuable Player for second straight year ... National Championship Game Most Valuable Offensive Player ... Fiesta Bowl Most Valuable Offensive Player ... named to ESPN's All-Bowl Team ... shared Tiger Pride Offensive MVP honors with Mike Williams ... Strength & Conditioning All-American ... one of six permanent team captains ... set Clemson records by throwing for 4,593 yards and 41 touchdowns ... completed 67 percent of his passes and accounted for 5,219 yards of total offense, 10 more than his total from the 2015 season ... accounted for 50 touchdowns in all, with nine rushing scores ... a clutch player, he completed 75.5 percent of his passes in November, with 12 touchdowns against four interceptions for a passing efficiency of over 168.

But he is still smart enough to know that he has learning to do to adjust to the NFL. "I wouldn’t mind that," Watson said. "Any situation, I’ll respond to it. It would be awesome to learn from a veteran guy that’s been there before and I can just watch how he works and won’t have to be pushed in that pressure or that moment right away. I can sit there, learn, build my game, learn the offense and make myself a better player." He is going to need a couple of years of grooming before he is ready to play.

Sneaky good runner sometimes. He can use multiple fakes with his back to the line, then turn back to the line, and hit his tight end going down the seam. "We watch film of the Kansas City Chiefs, the Steelers, Patriots, Falcons, Packers, Cowboys, the different teams that are playoff teams that are still playing," Watson said. "I had the ability to watch film of those guys and see how they run and be a professional." Seemed to play better under pressure. Nice thrower off the play action.

He throws better while being hit than any other QB in this Draft. "If they pass on Deshaun Watson, they’re passing on Michael Jordan," Swinney said. "I mean I’m just telling you, I don’t know what the heck I’m talking about, I’m just an old funky college coach, but Deshaun Watson is the best by a long shot." He was the best winning QB over the past two seasons, and won it last season.

He was truly amazing the past two years. He led his team to a 28-2 record, two Champ Games, and a Championship. "My goal is for one day to be able to have people talk about me like they do Michael Jordan," Watson said. ?That’s the goal one day, but he was just saying that’s how he felt. I know where he’s coming from but it wasn’t really a real comparison, 'hey, this is Michael Jordan.'" If he does what he did the past two seasons at Clemson, in the NFL, they just might compare him to Michael. 

Additional Notes:

2016 Game by Game: Threw for 248 yards and a score in the opener at Auburn, the touchdown was the 50th through the air of his career ... posted 347 yards of total offense, with three passing touchdowns, against Troy ... offensive player of the game against SC State, going 12-15 for 152 yards and three touchdowns in only 28 snaps ... hit 32-48 passes for 304 yards at Georgia Tech, with a pair of touchdowns ... earned Davey O’Brien Award Quarterback of the Week, Walter Camp Player of the Week and ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors against Louisville after tossing five touchdown passes in dramatic win ... led Tigers to pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter after trailing by eight points ... offensive player of the game by Clemson coaches after posting 270 passing yards and four touchdowns in win at Boston College ... Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 performer against NC State after setting Clemson record with 39 completions, to go along with three touchdowns ... posted 378 passing yards against NC State and Florida State, while adding 52 on the ground in Tallahassee ... led Tigers to come from behind win over the Seminoles, the first Clemson quarterback to defeat Florida State in consecutive tries ... Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 perfomer and Quarterback of the Week against the Seminoles ... left game with a bruised shoulder against Syracuse after tossing two touchdown passes ... set ACC record with 580 passing yards in defeat to Pittsburgh, he was 52-70 for a 74 percent completion rate against the Panthers ... 52 completions broke the previous school record held by Cullen Harper (against Virginia Tech in 2007) by 14 ... tossed three touchdowns in the game as well ... accounted for three scores, two on the ground, at Wake Forest ... ACC Offensive Back of the Week and Manning Award Star of the Week following six-touchdown performance against South Carolina ... his touchdown total was a high in the series against the Gamecocks, as he completed 27-33 passes for 347 yards ... accounted for five touchdowns in ACC Championship win over Virginia Tech, earning the game’s top honor again ... posted 373 yards of total offense against the Hokies’ stout defense ... accounted for three touchdowns and was named Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Fiesta Bowl shutout win over Ohio State ... posted 463 yards of total offense and four total touchdowns to lead Tigers to dramatic 35-31 win over Alabama in National Championship Game ... provided winning score with touchdown toss to Renfrow with one second remaining ... rallied Tigers from 14-0 deficit to win school's second national title.

BC: He has a nice arm. He can throw it with some nice touch fifty yards down field. He still runs a little too much, but he can only do what his coach tells him to do. He beat the crap out of BC in the 1st quarter.

Ohio ST: Just win baby. He just keeps wining baby. That Ohio State defense is one of the best I've seen, and he tore them up in the Playoffs. He is the best QB in this Draft at taking the big hit, bouncing off, and then protecting the ball and not losing yards. That is why he is my top rated QB. When thing fall apart, and his O-line is at its' worst, he is at his best. Now he has issues. He threw way too many INTs this year, but he also threw for 37 TDs coming into the Champ game (41 TDs on the season!). He runs too much. He will get killed in the NFL if he tries to run as much as he did at Clemson.

Auburn: Used his feet too much against Auburn. So far he is too much of a shotgun Draw QB. When he three steps and throws, he kept his eyes down field nicely. Then threw. That is when he looks like a top NFL QB. Not always an accurate thrower. He can charge up field like he is going to run, and then flick it 20-yards down field with some velocity. Great balance and power with the ball in his hands. 

Combine: Elite character. Honor roll since 3rd grade. When he was in high school he had to work to put bread on the table for his family. Graduated College in three years while playing football. He graduated high school in three and half years while playing football and working to feed his family. He is the kind of guy that everybody should want on their team. He is the elite athlete at the QB position. He tested top five in four drills.

Career: Quarterback who put up record numbers and guided Clemson to consecutive College Football Playoff appearances, with the school's second National Championship in 2016 ... led Clemson to 28 wins over his final two seasons ... wore jersey #4, same number worn by former Tiger quarterback Steve Fuller; the number was retired at Clemson, but Fuller allowed it to come out of retirement for Watson ... two-time Heisman Trophy finalist; finished third in the 2015 balloting with 148 first-place votes and second in 2016 with 269 first-place votes ... he was the first ACC player to finish in the top three of the voting on multiple occasions ... two-time recipient of the Davey O’Brien Award, one of only four quarterbacks who can make that claim, and the first since Oklahoma’s Jason White in 2003,04 ... also two-time winner of the Manning Award ... compiled a 32-3 record as a starter, best winning percentage in school history for a quarterback ... tied Rodney Williams and Tajh Boyd with 32 wins as a starter in the National Championship win over Alabama ... third in ACC history in total offense (12,094), behind only NC State’s Philip Rivers and Boyd ... threw for 10,163 yards and 90 career touchdowns ... first in Clemson history in career completion percentage (.674), passing efficiency (157.5) and total offense per game (318.3) ... in his career in the fourth quarter, passed for 16 touchdowns with only two interceptions ... believed to be the first quarterback in FBS history to pass at least 37 hours and throw 35 or more touchdown passes in the same academic year (2015-16) ... two-time team MVP ... two-time All-ACC Academic Team (2015,16) selection.

Previously Released: Watson is a tough winner. "It is a major factor," an OC said. "It just is. Especially playing early, there’s so much to learn, there are so many skills you have to develop and work. They may have the skill set, it's just doing it. It's doing things they haven't been asked to do." He can take the big hit and get up and make the big throw on 3rd down. 

He has the arm, and is one of the best deep throwers in this Draft. "I've spoken to multiple scouts," Matt Miller said. "One general manager and even a prominent trainer who have all been told the Browns are enamored with Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, but not at No. 1 overall." If Cleveland passes on Watson he will not last long. 
He has that clutch heart that all the great QBs have. "Yes, but not as much as you guys want to think," a scout said. "It helps that he showed poise in a big game. It helped that after he got rocked a few times he didn't crumble. But that doesn't erase the 30 interceptions he threw the last two seasons or his lack of downfield accuracy." He has to cut down on the the INTs.

He can move around the pocket better than any QB in this Draft to get time to make the big throw. He retreats, retreats, and retreats, and then lofts the ball 40-yards down field. He is a beast in big games. Did you watch the ACC Champ game? He was a beast, in the biggest game of the season, again. Plus, what are the NFL haters going to say when he leads Clemson to the BCS Champ game again this January, "huh Beavis, this guy rocks. Ah-ha-ha."

He had a good showing at his Proday. "Pro days are a little deceiving," Mike Mayock said. "Sometimes I think we overrate them for quarterbacks. But I was hoping to see two things from Deshaun Watson. One, the progression of his footwork (from) under center, and I thought he looked good. When the feet were consistent, the accuracy was there. When the feet get a little bit sloppy, he loses some of his accuracy. But on the whole I thought he had a powerful physical performance. The second piece of it is, how does he interact with teammates? He's not a yeller and a screamer. He's a quiet leader. Everything about what he did was quiet confidence, and I like his demeanor a lot." Which of course Prodays are almost meaningless. 

He had mixed reviews at Proday. "They really highlighted movement starting under center. A lot of waggles, bootlegs, sprintouts," Mayock said. "But his footwork was much improved because they're working on the feet and the hips, trying to sync that up with his arm strength. Now his arm strength at all three levels is outstanding: short, medium, deep. He had a little bit more trajectory on the football, another thing they worked on. A quick overview on Watson would be very impressive workout. One caution, like most spread quarterbacks, his accuracy is tied to his feet. His feet are a work in progress. But this is a kid you really want to work for. He's a bright-eyed kid that plays his best football under the bright lights. Really strong day for Deshaun Watson." His only question is can he keep control of his feet, and cut down on his INTs. 

When he looses control of his feet, he looses control of his throws, which led to 30 INTs the past two seasons. "Average day. Inconsistent timing/placement...solid on deep ball."  a scout said. "It was a B-minus/C-plus type workout." If he wants to succeed in the NFL, he has to cut down on the INTs. He has everything else you need in an NFL QB. 

Watson Vs Pitt:

He always seems to have great mechanics and form. You can see that he takes what the coaches are teaching him to heart. When he stands in the pocket he always keeps the ball up in perfect form. He will stop moving his feet sometimes in the pocket, and his passes get a little flat. One reason I like him is that while he runs a wacky shotgun offense, he always seems to use his feet very well in the pocket. He will still 1-2 or 3 step drop after he receives the shotgun snap.

I like that he moves his feet when he throws. A lot of spread QBs stand flat footed in the pocket, and that never translates. He will move his feet and step into his throw even when he throws a quick screen. Nice job throwing off three steps and a hitch. Nice three step, and hops as he goes to the next option, then hops as he goes to the next option and can hit his third option.

When he looses his feet, and throws before they are set, he will throw it behind the WR. He is so good throwing going to his right. He can play action, and throw with great touch on the back shoulder pass. He is so good at two or three step dropping an throwing that timing pass deep down the sideline. He is so good at getting outside the tackles, and finding the WR. Great job using his feet to move in the pocket to add time to the play, and not just take off. I think he has very underrated feet in the pocket.

He really gets the ball fast to the WR on the bubble screen. He throws a beautiful fade to his speed receivers going down the sideline. He throws a great catchable ball. His receivers rarely have to make a huge adjustments to the ball. I don't like when he throws flat footed. His passes tended to be a little less catchable. He loses some ball placement when he catches the snap and just throws it. 

Watson Vs Pitt:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnFr-rmxZUM

Watson Vs V-Tech:

He can read the safety and hit the WR behind him when he bites on the play action. When he has time in the pocket he zings the ball with great accuracy. I love the way he uses his feet in the pocket. He consistently moves his feet. He still needs some work on NFL footwork, but his ability to move his feet in the pocket to throw is excellent. And just as a I say that he stood flatted footed in the pocket, and missed. But then did take one step back a little and then throw.

He always seems to be throwing with pressure in his face. He took a huge hit as they sent blitzers up both A-Gaps and they hit him. Then he completed the next pass. He throws the ball so hard that when a V-tech DE jump up and slapped the ball down, he dislocated his shoulder. I don't like it when college QB's run, but he does have a great stiff arm when he takes off with pressure in his face. His ability to hold onto the ball in the face of a blitzer breaking free off the edge, and hold onto the ball until the last second to throw is tops in this Draft. Clemson coaches seem to love having their O-line not block guys as some kind of weird trick, and Watson often pays the price and completes the pass.

He took a big hit against V-tech and hit the TE going down the seam a couple plays later for the TD. They like to run after he takes a big hit. He missed the second pass after the second big hit. He was sacked on 2nd down, which forced 3rd and long after a big hit. He got pressure on 3rd down, and they called that play where the O-line doesn't block. So four rushers came right upfield unblocked into his face. The RB ran a Wheel route, and he lofted it up where the RB could get it. But he was dragged down from behind by the DB for the PI call. He is the best thrower on the move in this Draft.

He took a big hit in the 3rd in the V-tech game. They handed the ball off on the next play as they are wont to do. Then he ran the ball the next play and took another hit. On the next down, he 2-stepped back waited a split second, and then fired the ball into Williams chest on a Slant. He completes more passes after big hits than any other QB in this Draft. He still runs too much. You cannot do that in the NFL. Which is the question with him, can you coach the running spread QB out of him. It has not gone well for a lot of coaches who tried. Clemson will go Empty on 2nd and 3rd down, and he will throw the ball.

He makes his most impressive throws backpedaling with a rusher in his face, and he lofts it up high to his tall WRs with elite touch. I loved how V-tech scored on Clemson late in the 4th, and he brought them right down field and threw for the third TD that put them up 14-points (like, huh, the third time he put them up 14 points). 

He really does do a nice job selling the handoff on the keeper, and then getting the first down outside. However, ever time he does that it hurts his NFL potential. He scored a running TD on an option run, on he Goal line, and I felt disappointed. He had 14 rushes halfway through the 4th quarter of the V-tech game. He throws a great seam pass to the small slot WR on the 3rd level.

Watson Vs V-Tech:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gLc4C9F5-Y

Clemson VS Alabama:

I love the tape of this game. The reason these spread systems kill QBs is that they kill foot work. Watson is great at keeping his feet moving, and using great footwork in a system that doesn't' always call for it. But even he would stand flat footed in the pocket sometimes (3:20). I hate when QBs stand flat footed in the pocket.

Watson took a big hit early in the game, and his feet panicked a little in the pocket, which was really the first time I saw that from him. He can stay calm when the storm is going against him. He looked defeated when Alabama went up 14-zip. Then he drove Clemson down field and he scored on a run.

He was trying to do too much by himself to start the game (1:55). He was under assault from all sides to start this game (3:20). You can see the usual quick feet that he used in the 3-step and hitch. I also hate the hand signals for the snap in the spread offense (3:27). He does not always have great form throwing. But he has a strong arm (3:45). One of the reasons he is my top QB is because no QB in this Draft throws better retreating or literally leaping backwards to avoid a rusher and complete the hook shot. I love hookers. He throws passes like a point guard sometimes. Now if your a QB purist you probably hate that pass, because it is perfectly out of form in every way. But I like it, because I've seen him make it work so many times, and the release point is so high.

Flat footed throw. It always hurts him in the end (4:33). 2nd option (4:40). His main worry is that he throws to his first or second option mostly, and struggles to find guys after that (5:02). Running QBs do not survive in the NFL (5:12). The best part of this game was that he was unstoppable every time Alabama got up double digits. Alabama kept dominating, and he kept coming back and getting Clemson back in the game. 

Elite thrower with the rush in his face. Watson and Peterson are the two best throwers with the rush in their face (6:00). He got destroyed to the ground in stunning fashion (6:15). Then struggled to read the D on the next play (6:33). But watch the feet in the pocket (6:41). For a spread QB, he has the best technical feet in the pocket I have seen from a spread QB. He looked like Brady there in the pocket.

Then he threw flat footed. Consistency in feet make a consistent QB (6:47). Great throw while getting squeezed by pressure again (6:57). He didn't see Anderson zone dropping. When he sees something before the snap, he doesn't adjust well to disguises and changes by the defense (7:14). Great feet moving outside. Then he lost his feet, and flicked the ball away moving backwards  (7:40). Flat footed throw (8:40). Every time they got down double digits he kept finding ways to move them forward (9:02). 3-step hitch and throw is when he was at his best (9:56). He has unusually great feet for a spread QB.

Flat footed throw (9:35). He is a great pooch punter, LOL (10:01). My notes started here for a reason. I think I was enjoying watching the game so much. So here is the rest of the game with my notes.

He really did a great job getting Clemson back into the game after being down most of the game. He just never concedes the victory. He got helicoptered by Foster just short of the 1st to cause the punt. He made some great throws after Alabama scored late in the 3rd. He made a couple nice throws, then he will not move his feet in the pocket, and misfire. He is so good at making rushers miss with his feet, and clearing for a second, and throwing it to a spot where he can catch it. After a big hit from Allen, he hit Leggett high in the hands and he dropped it.

Watson Vs Alabama:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TWYpez5h_M

Watson's Official Bio:

Career: Quarterback who put up record numbers and guided Clemson to consecutive College Football Playoff appearances, with the school's second National Championship in 2016 ... led Clemson to 28 wins over his final two seasons ... wore jersey #4, same number worn by former Tiger quarterback Steve Fuller; the number was retired at Clemson, but Fuller allowed it to come out of retirement for Watson ... two-time Heisman Trophy finalist; finished third in the 2015 balloting with 148 first-place votes and second in 2016 with 269 first-place votes ... he was the first ACC player to finish in the top three of the voting on multiple occasions ... two-time recipient of the Davey O’Brien Award, one of only four quarterbacks who can make that claim, and the first since Oklahoma’s Jason White in 2003,04 ... also two-time winner of the Manning Award ... compiled a 32-3 record as a starter, best winning percentage in school history for a quarterback ... tied Rodney Williams and Tajh Boyd with 32 wins as a starter in the National Championship win over Alabama ... third in ACC history in total offense (12,094), behind only NC State’s Philip Rivers and Boyd ... threw for 10,163 yards and 90 career touchdowns ... first in Clemson history in career completion percentage (.674), passing efficiency (157.5) and total offense per game (318.3) ... in his career in the fourth quarter, passed for 16 touchdowns with only two interceptions ... believed to be the first quarterback in FBS history to pass at least 37 hours and throw 35 or more touchdown passes in the same academic year (2015-16) ... two-time team MVP ... two-time All-ACC Academic Team (2015,16) selection.

2016: Finalist for the Heisman Trophy and Walter Camp Player of the Year ... Maxwell Award semifinalist ... Davey O’Brien Award winner for a second straight year ... Manning Award winner for second straight year ... won Johnny Unitas Award, presented annually to the top graduating quarterback in college football ... earned Chic Harley Award, presented to the top player nationally by the Touchdown Clumb of Columbus, Ohio ... won Bobby Bowden Award for the college player who epitomizes a student-athlete on and off the field ... National Offensive Player of the Year by Scout ... second-team All-American by AFCA, Associated Press, Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and Walter Camp ... third-team All-American by Phil Steele ... second-team All-ACC (media, coaches) ... ACC Championship Game Most Valuable Player for second straight year ... National Championship Game Most Valuable Offensive Player ... Fiesta Bowl Most Valuable Offensive Player ... named to ESPN's All-Bowl Team ... shared Tiger Pride Offensive MVP honors with Mike Williams ... Strength & Conditioning All-American ... one of six permanent team captains ... set Clemson records by throwing for 4,593 yards and 41 touchdowns ... completed 67 percent of his passes and accounted for 5,219 yards of total offense, 10 more than his total from the 2015 season ... accounted for 50 touchdowns in all, with nine rushing scores ... a clutch player, he completed 75.5 percent of his passes in November, with 12 touchdowns against four interceptions for a passing efficiency of over 168 ... threw for 248 yards and a score in the opener at Auburn, the touchdown was the 50th through the air of his career ... posted 347 yards of total offense, with three passing touchdowns, against Troy ... offensive player of the game against SC State, going 12-15 for 152 yards and three touchdowns in only 28 snaps ... hit 32-48 passes for 304 yards at Georgia Tech, with a pair of touchdowns ... earned Davey O’Brien Award Quarterback of the Week, Walter Camp Player of the Week and ACC Offensive Back of the Week honors against Louisville after tossing five touchdown passes in dramatic win ... led Tigers to pair of touchdown drives in the fourth quarter after trailing by eight points ... offensive player of the game by Clemson coaches after posting 270 passing yards and four touchdowns in win at Boston College ... Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 performer against NC State after setting Clemson record with 39 completions, to go along with three touchdowns ... posted 378 passing yards against NC State and Florida State, while adding 52 on the ground in Tallahassee ... led Tigers to come from behind win over the Seminoles, the first Clemson quarterback to defeat Florida State in consecutive tries ... Davey O’Brien Award Great 8 perfomer and Quarterback of the Week against the Seminoles ... left game with a bruised shoulder against Syracuse after tossing two touchdown passes ... set ACC record with 580 passing yards in defeat to Pittsburgh, he was 52-70 for a 74 percent completion rate against the Panthers ... 52 completions broke the previous school record held by Cullen Harper (against Virginia Tech in 2007) by 14 ... tossed three touchdowns in the game as well ... accounted for three scores, two on the ground, at Wake Forest ... ACC Offensive Back of the Week and Manning Award Star of the Week following six-touchdown performance against South Carolina ... his touchdown total was a high in the series against the Gamecocks, as he completed 27-33 passes for 347 yards ... accounted for five touchdowns in ACC Championship win over Virginia Tech, earning the game’s top honor again ... posted 373 yards of total offense against the Hokies’ stout defense ... accounted for three touchdowns and was named Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Fiesta Bowl shutout win over Ohio State ... posted 463 yards of total offense and four total touchdowns to lead Tigers to dramatic 35-31 win over Alabama in National Championship Game ... provided winning score with touchdown toss to Renfrow with one second remaining ... rallied Tigers from 14-0 deficit to win school's second national title.

2015: Davey O’Brien and Manning Award winner as the nation’s best quarterback, he was Clemson’s first winner of both prestigious awards ... won the Archie Griffin Award, named after two-time Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State and presented annually to the most valuable player in college football by the Touchdown Club of Columbus ... finalist for the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year ... first-team All-American by AFCA, Associated Press, CBS Sports, ESPN.com, Football Writers Association and USA Today ... second-team All-American by Sporting News, Sports Illustrated and Walter Camp ... ACC Player-of-the-Year and ACC Offensive Player-of-the-Year (media, coaches) ... first-team All-ACC (media, coaches) ... ACC Championship Game Most Valuable Player ... named ACC Male Athlete of the Year recipient ... Capital One Orange Bowl Offensive Most Valuable Player ... four-time ACC Offensive Back-of-the-Week, more than any other player ... four-time Manning Award Star of the Week ... first player in FBS history with at least 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season ... fifth nationally in completion percentage away from home (67.9) and fifth in overall completion percentage (67.8) ... third nationally among quarterbacks with 1,105 rushing yards ... had five 100-yard rushing performances, all in the last six games; only Woodrow Dantzler had more among Clemson quarterbacks ... he and Dantzler are the only Tiger quarterbacks in history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season ... his average of 6.9 yards per first down rush was seventh-best in the nation among all players with at least 80 attempts ... third among all FBS players in touchdown responsibility (47) and eighth in total offense per game (347.3) and touchdown passes (35) ... broke Tajh Boyd’s single-season school record for total offense (5,209) ... a clutch player, he was 53-74 (.716) for 652 yards and four touchdows (with no interceptions) in the fourth quarter ... offensive player-of-the-game against Wofford after compiling a 185.9 passing efficiency ... threw for 248 yards and three scores in win over Appalachian State ... totaled 253 yards at Louisville, with two touchdown passes ... rushed for 93 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown, in win over No. 6 Notre Dame ... notched 265 passing yards with two touchdowns to Jordan Leggett in win over Georgia Tech ... threw for season-high 420 yards and accounted for all four touchdowns in win over Boston College and its No. 1 ranked defense ... earned Leather Helmet Award as the game’s most outstanding player ... also ACC Offensive Back-of-the-Week for his performance ... posted 241 yards of total offense at Miami, with 98 rushing yards in a little over a half ... Walter Camp Foundation Offensive Player-of-the-Week after compiling 437 yards of total offense and accounting for six touchdowns (five passing, one rushing) at NC State ... earned Capital One Impact Performance-of-the-Week and Maxwell Award Player-of-the-Week honors as well after NC State win ... named ACC Offensive Back-of-the-Week and Manning Award Star-of-the-Week after that showing ... had 404 yards of total offense, with 107 on the ground, in win over Florida State ... had 473 yards of total offense at Syracuse, rushing for over 100 a second straight game ... completed 35-48 passes in the Carrier Dome and accounted for three scores ... earned Manning Award Star-of-the-Week, Football Writers Association National Offensive Player-of-the-Week and ACC Offensive Back-of-the-Week honors for the performance ... had 381 yards of total offense and four total touchdowns against Wake Forest, again earning ACC and Manning acclaim ... coaches player-of-the-game versus South Carolina after posting 114 rushing yards and four total touchdowns (three rushing) ... produced ACC Championship Game records with 420 yards of offense and five total touchdowns (three passing, two rushing), leading the Tigers to their 15th title after the 45-37 win over North Carolina ... most total offense by any FBS player in a conference title game ... rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown and threw for 187 more and a touchdown in the Capital One Orange Bowl against Oklahoma ... his rushing mark broke Boyd’s Clemson quarterback bowl record from the 2013 Orange Bowl against Ohio State ... set National Championship Game record with 478 yards of total offense, including a passing total of 405 yards ... tossed four touchdown passes, including two to Hunter Renfrow in the opening quarter ... also rushed for 73 yards against Alabama’s stout defense ... shared player-of-the-game honors from coaches with Renfrow.

2014: All-ACC Academic selection ... was 93-137 for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns against only two interceptions in 330 snaps over eight games (five starts) ... completed 67.9 percent of his passes and had a 188.6 pass efficiency rating (best nationally among players with 125 attempts) ... had 200 yards and five touchdowns on 63 carries ... first in school history in passing efficiency, first in yards per passing attempt (10.70), first in total offense yards per play (8.3), second in completion percentage and tied for 10th in passing touchdowns ... first in school history in passing efficiency and completion percentage by a freshman ... first in school history in passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense by a first-year freshman ... three-time ACC Rookie of the Week ... was 2-4 for 59 yards and one touchdown against no interceptions at No. 12 Georgia on Aug. 30; it was his first career game ... was 8-9 for 154 yards and three touchdowns against no interceptions along with 20 yards on five carries against SC State on Sept. 6 ... was 19-28 for 266 yards along with 30 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries at No. 1 Florida State on Sept. 20; named ACC Rookie-of-the-Week; named team offensive player-of-the-game ... was 27-36 for 435 yards and a school-record six touchdowns along with 28 rushing yards against North Carolina on Sept. 27; it was his first career start (set 12 school records that day); named national co-performer-of-the-week and national co-quarterback-of-the-week by CFPA; named Davey O’Brien Quarterback-of-the-Week; named Manning Award Quarterback-of-the-Week; named national freshman-of-the-week by CBS Sports; named national true-freshman-of-the-week by 247Sports.com; named ACC Co-Offensive Back-of-the-Week and ACC Rookie-of-the-Week; named team offensive player-of-the-game ... set ACC mark for touchdown passes in a game by a freshman, and tied the single-game mark by anyone ... was 17-29 for 267 yards and two touchdowns against no interceptions along with a game-high 62 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries against NC State on Oct. 4; named ACC Offensive Back-of-the-Week and ACC Rookie-of-the-Week; named ACC player-of-the-week by Athlon ... suffered a broken hand in the first quarter against Louisville on Oct. 11 and missed the next three games ... was 4-6 for 21 yards along with 40 yards on seven carries before leaving the game with an LCL injury in the first quarter at No. 23 Georgia Tech on Nov. 15 ... was 14-19 for 269 yards and two touchdowns against no interceptions along with 13 yards and two touchdowns on five carries against South Carolina on Nov. 29; named team co-offensive player-of-the-game ... enrolled in January..

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