June 29, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, Georgia throws a pass during the afternoon session of the Elite 11 at Nike World Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson Football: Freshman QB DeShaun Watson out rest of spring with collarbone injury


This spring is a pivotal one for the Clemson Tigers football program. In particular, it’s a pivotal one because the team needs to find a replacement under center for Tajh Boyd, and one of the candidates suffered a bit of a setback in his pursuit of the job as freshman DeShaun Watson will miss the rest of the spring with a slight crack in his collarbone, the team and head coach Dabo Swinney announced Monday.

Freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson suffered a slight crack in a collarbone near the end of the scrimmage. He will be out for three weeks, which means he will not play in Clemson’s Spring Game on Saturday.

While this is a setback, Swinney did elaborate that the injury is not that severe, meaning that he’ll be ready to go once the fall sessions roll around.

“This is a shame because he was having an outstanding spring,” said Swinney of Watson, one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation last year. “Fortunately this is not a serious injury. I hate that he will miss the Spring Game. I know a lot of people were anxious to see him make his debut in Death Valley.

The battle to replace Boyd this year is between Cole Stoudt, Chad Kelly and Watson, and while the freshman is the one with the least experience, there are some that believe he could ultimately be the one most suited to take the reins once the regular season begins.

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