David Olson brings insurance, flexibility, options to Tigers' QB mix

The Clemson Sports Blog

Stanford quarterback Adam Brzeczek (19), David Olson (10) and Stanford defensive end Alex Yazdi (79) watch Oklahoma State celebrate after the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. Oklahoma State won 41-38 in overtime. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

Stanford quarterback Adam Brzeczek (19), David Olson (10) and Stanford defensive end Alex Yazdi (79) watch Oklahoma State celebrate after the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, in Glendale, Ariz. Oklahoma State won 41-38 in overtime. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

So what do the Tigers get, exactly, out of their one-year deal with former Stanford quarterback and Irmo, S.C. native David Olson?

In a word, insurance.

In another, flexibility.

And for a third, options.

Chad Kelly's dismissal left the Tigers a tad shorthanded - especially considering that Chad Morris would really like to run his quarterback even more than before.

Cole Stoudt comes out of spring as the starter, and - barring injury - will likely start the season the same way.

What happens next depends on what happens next.

Should Stoudt take to his senior opportunity in Chris Morocco-esque fashion, stay healthy and demand the lion's share of playing time over the course of the season, then the coaches could conceivably exercise the option of keeping presumed star-of-the-future Deshaun Watson on the shelf for 2014.

For instance, should Stoudt take hold of the starting position like Tajh Boyd did over the past three seasons, Nick Schuessler and Olson could compete for the No. 2 spot, with the other handling the bulk of scout team duties. That would leave Watson waiting in the wings, standing on the sidelines glued to Chad Morris and plugged in via headset, watching and learning and becoming all the more ready to take over the reins in 2015.

That scenario provides flexibility and options.

But what if bad things happen? What if Stoudt stumbles? What if he's injured early in the season? What if the Tigers were to be hit by the quarterback plague that devastated Maryland two years ago, forcing a converted linebacker to start for the Terps against the Tigers at Death Valley?

Then Olson provides insurance - another experienced (in terms of practice and behind the scenes performance) and intelligent player, who in all likelihood is good enough to take over a caretaker's role on the field, should that be required.

All the way around, his signing is a good move by the Tigers.

Even if he does nothing more than run the scout team, which was his primary function at Stanford, he'll be a valuable contributor.

Whatever his role ends up being, he just made the 2014 Tigers a little bit stronger.

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tigerrob44#291802 writes:

This guy never threw a pass at Stanford. How is it possible to know if he can help us or hurt us. Did he ever even play a down?

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