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Nov 10, 2012; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Cole Stoudt (8) looks to pass the ball during the fourth quarter against the Maryland Terrapins at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 45-10. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson Football: Dabo Swinney names Cole Stoudt starting QB

Just one day after Chad Kelly was knocked out of the race to take over for Tajh Boyd and become the Clemson Tigers’ starting quarterback after he was dismissed from the team, head coach Dabo Swinney has named Cole Stoudt the winner of the competition and will lead the offense for the 2014 season.

“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.”

Throughout the spring the race was between Stoudt, Kelly and freshman Deshaun Watson, who was injured last week, thus ending his spring.

Stoudt has some significant experience in the Clemson offense, working mop-up duty for Boyd in the past as well as working with the first-team offense in last year’s spring game while Boyd sat out.

Even with the dismissal of Kelly, Stoudt was on the fast track to win the job anyway with a good performance in the team’s recent spring game.

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