Tiger offense not seeing overhaul, says Stoudt

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) and Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt (18) throw the ball during the first day of Spring practice on Wednesday.

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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) and Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt (18) throw the ball during the first day of Spring practice on Wednesday.

CLEMSON – Over the last three seasons, Cole Stoudt has had his share of spot duty in Tajh Boyd’s stead. Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris has had a simple message for him in each instance.

“I know when I had to go in for games,” Stoudt said, “coach Morris would go to me, ‘Hey, the gameplan’s not changing. Everything’s the same and we’re still going to throw and do the reads.’”

That’s the message now transitioning from one quarterback era to another in 2014.

“Honestly I don’t think we will change the offense,” senior wide receiver Adam Humphries said. “Cole can make all the throws that Tajh made...Cole can handle any responsibility at that position. We’ll continue to run the offense we always have.”

“We (ran the offense) all spring,” Stoudt said. “I think it’ll be the same, but it could have some new wrinkles. Be a little bit different now that Tajh is not here.”

Clemson has scored more touchdowns and averaged more yards per play each season under Morris, finishing in the top-10 nationally in total and scoring offense each of the last two seasons.

Coming off his first full year as a starter, Humphries is a co-leader with Stoudt for the new-look (in personnel at least) Tiger offense, which replaces seven starters. The Dorman product, who’s put together back-to-back 40-catch seasons, says Stoudt has everything you want in a big-time college quarterback.

“I’ve always had confidence in Cole,” Humphries said. “I’ve been with him since I’ve been here so I’ll have always had a huge amount of confidence in him. That composure and consistency that Cole has is something you want to see in a starting quarterback, regardless of if he makes a mistake or makes a good play. You know what you’re going to get out of him – he’s going to be consistent in everything he does.”

That doesn’t mean Humphries hasn’t seen anything out of contender Deshaun Watson, however.

“He can make all throws,” Humphries said. “…Never seen a quarterback so nimble on his feet. That’s really cool to see a young quarterback like that so comfortable in the offense. ”

“He’s a freak athlete who I’ll really enjoy watching grow up and mature.”

His message to Stoudt after his being named starter was simple: be like Tajh.

“Me and Cole are close,” said Humphries. “I just said we’re behind you this summer. You have to take charge and be our leader just like Tajh was last year. That’s something he’s eager to do.”

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TigerNE writes:

Seems like there will be a lot of "winkles" that make it different. Just having so many additional and top options for running suggests that. Throw in fresher TE talent and a QB who won't scramble out of the pocket so early or as much and I think this offense will look a good deal different to the opposing defenses of UGA and FSU.

tigerrob44#291802 writes:

If Cole winds up be the starter then more power to him. Having a guy like DeShawn Watson backing him up is sort of like sparing with Ali and getting your brains beat out. Every time Cole played he did an excellent job. I hope if he is the starter he plays 75% as well as he did as a back-up and if he does we won't lose a step on offense.

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