Reigning ACC player of the year Tajh Boyd and redshirt freshman Chad Kelly are in California this week, spending part of their spring break working with quarterback guru George Whitworth at his camp at San Diego.
The trio gives Swinney and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Chad Morris plenty of reason for confidence as the Tigers head into the final two-thirds of spring practice.
"There's a real calmness and maturity to Cole that I like," said Swinney. "They've all been good, but if I had to single one out, it would be Cole. He's been very impressive the first five days...
"He's looking like a guy who wants to assert himself and compete. He wants to beat Tajh out, and that's the kind of mentality you want guys to have when they show up at practice."
The 6-4, 205-pound Stoudt won the Tigers' backup job two years ago in competition with fellow first-year freshman Tony McNeal, and has performed well in limited playing the past two seasons. As a freshman, he played in six games and completed 12 of 21 passes for 115 yards. Last fall, he played in eight games and completed 27 of 39 passes for 212 yards and three touchdowns.
During his high school career at Dublin Coffman High in Ohio, Stoudt - whose dad, Cliff, played quarterback in the NFL from 1977-89 - set school records with 4,393 yards passing and 52 touchdowns. He was ranked as one of the nation's top 25 quarterback signees by both Rivals and 247Sports.
So far this spring, Swinney said Stoudt is performing "like a guy who's played."
"It's been his consistency, his fundamentals and his knowledge," Swinney said. "He's been more engaged and looks more like a leader. He shows a real understanding. He's been through this and has been in the system."