Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson came out of high school as one of the most watched players in the country. During his limited time with the Tigers, he has already shown the talent that comes with the hype. With Watson at the helm in 2015, the Tigers are Atlantic Coast Conference favorites, and Watson could be a Heisman Trophy favorite by the end of the season.
1. Watson was ranked as the number one dual threat quarterback in the nation by ESPN coming out of Gainesville High School in Georgia in 2014.
2. While in Gainesville, Watson was a four-year starter who achieved 13,077 passing yards and 155 touchdowns along with 4,057 rushing yards and 63 personal touchdowns. He set state career records for total offense yards (17,134) and total touchdowns (218).
3. In his first career start at Clemson, against UNC-Chapel Hill, Watson set 12 school records including throwing for six touchdowns in one game.
4. In his freshman season at Clemson, Watson threw for 1,466 yards and 14 touchdowns over eight games.
5. Watson’s freshman season was plagued with injuries including a broken hand suffered during the Tigers game against Louisville and an LCL tear suffered against Georgia Tech.
6. Two weeks after suffering the knee injury, Watson returned to the field wearing a knee brace to play against the South Carolina Gamecocks. He threw for four touchdowns and 282 yards in Clemson’s 35-17 victory.
7. During his sophomore season, Watson has kept the Tigers undefeated and has already accounted for 738 passing yards and nine touchdowns.
8. Watson wears the jersey #4, which was retired after being worn by former Clemson quarterback Steve Fuller. Fuller allowed the number to come out of retirement to be worn by Watson.