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Clemson names Cole Stoudt starting QB; big shoes to fill left by Boyd

Cole Stoudt, Chad Morris

Clemson’s heir to Tajh Boyd will be Cole Stoudt, head coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Tuesday. Stoudt will be the starting quarterback for the Tigers this fall after backing up Boyd each of the past three seasons and performing well in the recent spring game. FOX Sports was first to report the starting quarterback news.

“It should be pretty obvious that he won the job,” Swinney said. “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.”

Stoudt appeared to be the easy favorite for the starting job at the end of the spring, and that decision became easier to make following the dismissal of troubled quarterback Chad Kelly on Monday. Kelly’s temper tantrum during the spring game was the last we saw of the nephew of Buffalo Bills legend Jim Kelly, but even if he stayed on the roster it appeared Stoudt was going to be the likely starting quarterback anyway.

Stoudt will bring a pro-style approach to the offense, which should easily follow in the mold Boyd set during his time as starter. The Class of 2011 quarterback recruit has spent plenty of time as the understudy to one of the top quarterbacks in the ACC over the last few years, so as long as he was taking notes then the Tigers offense should have a confident passer leading the way. Will he put up the same numbers Boyd did? Probably not given this will be his first year starting and Clemson also has some big shoes to fill at other positions (Sammy Watkins at receiver, most notably). Either way, this is now Stoudt’s team.

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3 Responses to “Clemson names Cole Stoudt starting QB; big shoes to fill left by Boyd”
  1. jonkybon says: Apr 15, 2014 5:55 PM

    Quality passer; but with Clemson’s questionable and inexperienced OLine, things could get dicey.

    Things will be made worse for opening day in Athen with two of the four suspended Tigers projected to start on the OLine.

    Kelly was far more mobile and agile. Plus losing him may keep Dabo from redshirting DeShaun Watson. Watson could have used a year to add muscle and bulk. He looks like a very athletic twig.

    If Clemson is to make a run, it’ll be on the backs of the defense.

  2. floridacock says: Apr 15, 2014 7:11 PM

    Number 6 coming up

  3. jets12 says: Apr 16, 2014 4:59 AM

    Should not be hard to find a quarterback that will lose the one or two most difficult regular season games on their schedule.

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