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Clemson adds seldom-used Stanford QB

David Olson

Nearly three weeks after Chad Kelly was summarily dismissed from the program, Clemson has reportedly attempted to fill the numbers void at the quarterback position — with a little local twist.

David Olson confirmed to The State Wednesday that he has decided to transfer to Clemson and continue his playing career with the Tigers.  Olson, a Columbia, SC, native, had spent the past four seasons at Stanford, mainly as a scout team quarterback.

I’m happy to be home and going to Clemson,” the player told his hometown paper. “My family is going to have a chance to watch me play. I looked at a number of places. This visit to Clemson, everything felt right about it and it’s a pretty good situation to come into. I’m excited to be a part of the Clemson program and family. There were a lot of good things I couldn’t pass up.”

Because he’s already received a degree from Stanford, Olson would be eligible to play immediately in 2014.

Olson was a three-star member of the Cardinal’s 2010 recruiting class, taking a redshirt as a true freshman. He appeared in exactly one game — a Sept. 28 win over Washington State last year — although he’s yet to throw a pass at the collegiate level.

With Kelly’s departure, it left Cole Stoudt as the starter and DeShaun Watson, who missed a sizable portion of spring practice due to a cracked collarbone, as his backup.  Stoudt served as Tajh Boyd‘s primary backup the past three years while Watson was a member of Clemson’s 2014 recruiting class as an early enrollee.

The only other quarterback of note currently on the Tigers roster is sophomore walk-on Nick Schuessler.

(Photo credit: Stanford athletics)

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6 Responses to “Clemson adds seldom-used Stanford QB”
  1. jonkybon says: May 1, 2014 2:36 PM

    They brought in Olson to try and redshirt Watson. DeShaun will be great, but needs a year in the weightroom.

    BTW, don’t quickly dismiss Schuessler since he’s a preferred walk-on. He played in at least two Ga state championship games. He reshirted at Miss St and was hailed as their future at QB where he originally signed.

    However, Clemson may need all four young men this season with the OLine that will be starting. Hope they have a real good medical staff.

  2. shaunodame says: May 1, 2014 4:56 PM

    Purely in terms of offensive scheme there couldn’t possibly be a more drastic difference in playing styles between Stanford and Clemson. Wow lol

  3. jkaflagg says: May 1, 2014 6:09 PM

    Glad that Olson will get a chance at a quality education at Clemson after wasting all that time at Stanford….

    Seems silly to make these guys “transfer” as students when clearly they are only there to use up their athletic eligibility….would be a lot more honest to simply say “we needed a QB” and just pay the guy a simple wage rather than have him take up space that could be used by a real student.

  4. onlyoneleft says: May 1, 2014 11:01 PM

    Clemson’s OL will be on the field a lot as their defense won’t give up much.

  5. florida727 says: May 2, 2014 10:46 AM

    #jkaflagg, you’re joking about the whole ‘wasting all that tinme at Stanford’, right? Are you seriously trying to compare a Stanford education to one from Clemson? The word ‘delusional’ comes to mind.

  6. jkaflagg says: May 2, 2014 4:30 PM

    Yes, I was joking….I applaud Olson for earning a much coveted Stanford degree, just not on board with him taking up scholarship money and room in the graduate program at Clemson that could go to others who haven’t already earned a degree while on scholarship…..

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