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Tuesday April 15th, 2014

Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt has played in 22 games in his career. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer) Clemson QB Cole Stoudt has played in 22 games in his career. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer)

Clemson named senior Cole Stoudt the team's starting quarterback for next season one day after dismissing Chad Kelly for conduct detrimental to the team.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney told Fox Sports that Stoudt will officially get the nod as starter when the team meets next week.

"It should be pretty obvious that he won the job,” Swinney said to Fox Sports. “He's a great leader who is highly respected by his teammates. He never once complained. He was always ready when we needed him. He's earned it and he will be named the starter."

The team quickly moved to name a starter after a three-man battle between Stoudt, Kelly and true freshman Deshaun Watson. Watson did not play in the spring game because of a collarbone injury.

Stoudt has played in 22 games in his career and is now set to start the season opener on Aug. 30 against Georgia. Last season, Stoudt completed 47 of 59 passes for 415 yards with five touchdowns with no interceptions. ELLIS: Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly dismissed for ‘conduct detrimental to program’

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