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Dabo: QB Stoudt Clemson's starter

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm •  Published: April 15, 2014
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Apparently, Clemson's quarterback competition is not over just yet.

Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said in a text message to The Associated Press on Tuesday night that while senior Cole Stoudt is the starting quarterback coming out of spring ball, injured freshman Deshaun Watson will have the chance to compete for the spot this summer.

Stoudt, the son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt, "is starter coming of spring heading into fall," Swinney wrote before adding that Watson will still have a chance win the job.

The Tigers open the season at Georgia on August 30.

Clemson is seeking a replacement for record-setting passer Tajh Boyd, the starter the past three years who led the Tigers to an Atlantic Coast Conference title in 2011 and consecutive 11-2 seasons the past two years.

It had been a three-man race between Stoudt, Watson and Chad Kelly, the redshirt freshman who's the nephew of NFL great Jim Kelly.

But Stoudt's path to the top become more open when Watson cracked his collarbone at practice on April 7 and Kelly was dismissed from the program Monday for conduct detrimental to the team.

Kelly argued with coaches on Saturday at Clemson's Orange and White game. He also tried to get a former Miss South Carolina connected to Clemson, Ali Rogers, not to report a fender-bender the two were involved in.

Rogers wrote on her Twitter account Tuesday that Kelly was a passenger in a car that backed into her vehicle, and when she wanted to call police to file a report, he got "very agitated and was extremely disrespectful."

Kelly answered back with a Twitter post, "I Hope For Nothing But The Best For @AliARogers. Mistakes Happen, Just Living And Learning."

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