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Dabo Swinney: Deshaun Watson could play against South Carolina
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Dabo Swinney: Deshaun Watson could play against South Carolina
Thursday November 27th, 2014

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson could play against in-state rival South Carolina on Saturday.

Watson missed the Tigers' win over Georgia State last week after suffering a sprained ligament (LCL) and bone bruise in his left knee during a Nov. 15 loss to Georgia Tech

Senior Cole Stoudt replaced Watson in the loss to the Yellow Jackets and completed 19 of his 29 pass attempts for 132 yards with a touchdown and an interception in the win over the Panthers.

From TigerNet.com:

"I thought he was better today than he was yesterday," Swinney said. "It's just like I have been saying it gets better each day. I know he was more confident today than he was yesterday. Tomorrow is another important day for us from a preparation standpoint. I think he has a good chance. How much or when? We haven't decided that yet. But I think he definitely has a chance to play." 

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Prior to the Georgia Tech Loss, Watson had not played since he broke a bone in his throwing hand in an Oct. 11 win over Louisville.

Watson has thrown for 1,197 yards with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions this season. He was rated the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the class of 2014 by Rivals.com.

Stoudt began the season as the starter after beating out Watson in a position battle but lost the job after a strong showing from Watson in a Sept. 20 loss at Florida State.

Clemson (8-3, 6-2 ACC) is ranked 21st in the latest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings. The Tigers have lost five consecutive games against South Carolina (6-5, 3-5 SEC).

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