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Clemson QB Deshaun Watson Leaves Game Against Louisville With Hand Injury

Dabo Swinney

Dabo Swinney

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson suffered a hand injury in Saturday’s game against Louisville and will not return to the game. Watson’s injury is to his throwing hand and the freshman will be replaced by senior Cole Stoudt.

Coming into Saturday’s game against NC State, Watson completed 73 of 106 passes for 1,181 yards and 12 scores. Watson had tossed only on pick in 106 attempts and rushed for 137 yards and three touchdowns.

Prior to his injury against the Cardinals, Watson had two completions and tossed a pick.

Stoudt began the year as the starter but was replaced by Watson after the loss to Florida State.

In five games, Stoudt completed 42 of 69 passes for 487 yards and one touchdown.

It’s uncertain if this is a long-term injury for Watson or if he will be able to return in Week 8 at Boston College.

Stoudt is a capable option for coach Dabo Swinney and coordinator Chad Morris, but Watson is clearly the better quarterback.

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