Deshaun Watson injured days before Clemson Spring Game

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Former Gainesville star quarterback Deshaun Watson will sit the rest of Clemson’s spring practice after cracking his collarbone during a scrimmage on Monday. The injury will take three weeks according to a conversation between head coach Dabo Swinney and reporters this week.

With Sammy Watkins, Tajh Boyd and Martavis Bryant all entering this year’s NFL draft, Clemson has a lot of talent to replace in the passing game. Quarterback Deshaun Watson and three early enrollees at the wideout position helped replace that depth to make it through spring practice. Despite Watson’s setback this spring, this group of incoming talent has a chance to earn big roles season.

Watson was brought in as a centerpiece of the 2014 recruiting class with four extremely talented wideouts and plenty of help in the backfield. The 6-foot-3, 200 pound dual threat quarterback carried Gainesville to the 2012 Class 5A Georgia state championship with a state record 4,024 passing yards and 50 passing touchdowns while rushing for 1,1441 yards and 24 touchdowns. Watson finished his varsity career with 13,077 passing yards and 4,057 rushing yards and 217 total touchdowns.

Watson was able to play through the injury and complete the scrimmage, but unfortunately the 2012 AJC offensive player of the year will miss out on the Tigers’ April 12, 4 p.m. Spring Game.

“He [Watson] played the entire scrimmage,” said Swinney while addressing the media after practice. “I am not really sure when he suffered the injury and I was not aware of it until after I met with the media after practice. This is a shame because he was having an outstanding spring. Fortunately this is not a serious injury. I hate that he will miss the Spring Game…But he will be fine by the time summer workouts start again in May. He does not require surgery.”


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