For Clemson's next quarterback, the ability to run will be secondary in importance only to his ability to run the offense.
Over his three seasons as a starter, Tajh Boyd developed his ability as a runner, though at first it went against his nature.
Not so with the two youngest competitors for the Tigers' starting job.
Both Chad Kelly and Deshaun Watson made high school history in their states not only as prolific passers, but as dangerous, every-down running threats.
In his career at St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute at Niagara Falls, N.Y., Kelly was the state New York's first 2,000-yard passer/1,000-yard rusher. As a senior, he passed for more 3,000 yards and came up just nine yards shy of another 1,000-yard rushing season.
In limited action so far in his career, he's been quick to take advantage of running opportunities, despite playing just months after undergoing ACL surgery.
Watson, meanwhile, comes to Clemson after setting records galore at Gainesville, Ga. High. He went into his senior season already holding the Georgia state record for passing yardage, and he finished his career with more than 13,000 yards passing and 3,000 yards rushing.
And what about Cole Stoudt?
Although Stoudt didn't come to Clemson as a runner, he's spent three years in Chad Morris' offensive system and knows that the quarterback's ability to run is of paramount importance. During the relief stints last season that earned him the Tigers' 12th Man Award for offense, he repeatedly made opponents respect his ability as a runner.
“I think you will continue to see the quarterback be a big factor for us,” coach Dabo Swinney said last week. “I just believe that when your quarterback isn’t a threat to run the ball, then we are really playing 10 on 11. The quarterback is a great equalizer and really stresses the defense. It puts a lot of pressure on the defense. That element has got to improve from where we’ve been and I think it will.”