Clemson QB Stoudt ready to fill Boyd’s starting role

clemfoot-18passClemson quarterback Cole Stoudt has already exhibited one important quality in becoming the Tigers’ starter – patience.

For three long seasons the rising senior sat on the sidelines and watched Tajh Boys run the high-powered offense, only getting the keys once the games were in control and the Clemson offense was calling off the dogs.

While few in Tiger Town were happy to see the record-setting Boyd go, it’s safe to say Stoudt is prepared. He could hardly contain himself while talking to the press at Sunday’s ACC Kickoff in Greensboro, NC.

“I’ve never been more excited in my life,” Stoudt exclaimed. “Playing behind Tajh Boyd for three years made me a better player. I learned to be a leader. Now I just can’t wait to play and get the season started.”

Stoudt was 47-for-59 passing for 415 yards and five touchdowns against no interceptions last season for a 166.7 pass efficiency rating. He went 19-for-20 for 143 yards and three touchdowns against SC State and his 95.0 completion percentage set a school record. He went 10-for-11 for 90 yards and one touchdown against Wake Forest.

“The past couple years, every time I went in, I always maximized my opportunities,” he said. “Last year I think I did that the best. I set a couple records for accuracy and passing efficiency, and I’m very proud of that, but I also have to continue to keep getting better.”

Stoudt knows the game might not come as easy when he makes his starting debut Aug. 30 at Georgia as compared to the Sept. 6 home opener against SC State. All Bulldogs are not created equal, but Stoudt is trying to treat every game the same.

“I’m going to do the best that I possibly can,” he said. “I’m very comfortable with the situation I’m in. I’ve always been a relaxed kind of guy that goes out there and operates the system and plays the best I possibly can.”

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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