After Clemson beat South Carolina in its regular season finale on Nov. 29, coach Dabo Swinney revealed the freshman quarterback had played with a partially torn ACL. At the time, Swinney said that Watson could play in the bowl game, then have surgery afterwards and miss spring practice.
The No. 18 Tigers will play Oklahoma in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 29.
According to The Post and Courier, the decision to have Watson undergo surgery this week was primarily made "to give Watson a three-week head-start on the expected six-to-nine-month rehabilitation period following ACL reconstructive surgery."
Clemson has not officially commented on Watson's status, though Swinney said on Sunday that he was reconsidering having Watson play in the bowl game.
Senior Cole Stoudt, who Watson replaced as starter in September, will start against Oklahoma, according to The Post and Courier.
Watson played eight games for Clemson in 2014, completing 67.9 percent of his passes for 1,466 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. He missed time due to both a broken bone in his hand and a sprained LCL.
- Molly Geary