Clemson is the only undefeated team left in college football and earned the number one seed in the College Football Playoff. They have easily handled almost every opponent this year and scored at will. This all comes back to one player, Deshaun Watson, the team’s sophomore quarterback. Watson is one of the three Heisman finalists this year and the only hope to keep the quarterback trend going for the award.
Watson does not lead any major statistical category or have records like the other two but he is the leader of the only undefeated team left in college, and he is the only player to throw for at least 3,000 yards and rush for 700 yards. He has also accounted for the 41 TD’s this year and only turned the ball over 11 times. He has become the deadliest dual-threat quarterback in college and no team has managed to stop him since Notre Dame. There is only game where he has not accounted for over 200 yards of offense.
Watson has changed Clemson’s attack and put them over the top. His development as a rusher throughout the year has caused fits for defenses and he’s eclipsed 100 rushing yards in 4 of his last 5 games. Watson forces defenses to game-plan for both his elite talent as a passer and as a rusher, and even when a team commits to stopping just one they cannot do it. As he has made strides throughout the year, Clemson has become exponentially better and Watson has asserted himself as colleges top quarterback. He has played the role of elite quarterback and top tier running back over the last month of the season and has had unquestioned success. Watson’s versatility is undersold but the more people realize what he has done the more it makes sense for him to win the Heisman.
He is the top quarterback in college, one of the best rushers in the last month, his team’s best player, and an unquestioned elite talent with a strong case for to bring home college’s top award.