Cole Stoudt is the Tigers' starting quarterback
Just like Stephone Anthony is the starting middle linebacker.
All are expected to perform at a high level. And if they don't, there's someone waiting in the wings to grab their opportunity.
That's the way coach Dabo Swinney sees Clemson's depth chart as the Tigers move from spring practice into voluntary summer workouts, and then to preseason camp.
"Cole's the starting quarterback, just the way we have a starting corner or a starting linebacker," Swinney said. "But there are no lifetime contracts here. You have to perform every day.
"So he's got to come into camp and perform. He's the starter going unto summer, and it's his job to lose, or however you want to look at it. But the competition doesn't end. He has to come out and perform every single day like a starter. You have to warrant being that guy in practice and in games."
From that standpoint, Swinney said quarterback "is no different than any other position."
"Stephone Anthony is the our starting linebacker, but if he goes out and practices like a dog, then he's not going to be the starter," Swinney said. "Grady Jarrett is our starting nose, but he goes out and earns it every day. He fights to stay the starter.
"It's not that there's a leash or anything like that. But a guy has to go out and perform, whatever his position."
As for the current non-starter at quarterback - first semester freshman Deshaun Watson - his job is take dead-aim on Stoudt.
"The job is his to go try to win," Swinney said. "Deshaun's not just going to take a back seat. He's going to go out and try to win the job. And we'll just see how it continues to go."
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