LEXINGTON, S.C. — Though Clemson’s four quarterbacks did not look sharp as a whole in Saturday’s Orange & White Game in Clemson, there was one guy who liked what he saw.
Despite Kelly Bryant, Zerrick Cooper, Hunter Johnson and Tucker Israel combining to complete just 33 of 63 passes for 266 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions, former quarterback Deshaun Watson liked what he saw as returned to Clemson to receive his national championship rings at halftime of the Orange & White Game.
“The guys looked good,” Watson said from River Bluff High School in Lexington on Sunday where he held the Deshaun Watson Football Clinic. “It is still up in the air for all of them.”
Bryant completed just 4 of 13 passes for 43 yards and had an interception, though he ran for a game-high 66 yards on 12 carries as well. Cooper was 11 of 18 for 81 yards and an interception, while running for 26 yards on five carries. Johnson was 5 of 13 for 48 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
The most productive of the four quarterbacks was Israel, who stole the show with 13 of 19 passing for 94 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown pass to Trevion Thompson.
With the quarterback battle far from being answered, and with it being an intense competition, Watson says it will only benefit Clemson in the end.
“Kelly has a lot of experience,” he said. “Zerrick redshirted last year so he knows the system and Tucker has also been in the system for a few years. Hunter has done a good job and he will improve that locker room and that meeting room so it is going to be good competition and it is going to be good for the team too.”
Watch the rest of Deshaun Watson’s interview the media courtesy of WACH FOX 57 in Columbia.