Clemson QB Watson holds key to beating Alabama’s D

clemfoot-4Alabama’s defense can stop quarterbacks that run. The Crimson Tide can stop quarterbacks that throw. But stopping a dual-threat QB that can do both – like Clemson phenom Deshaun Watson – is a different story.

That’s widely regarded as the key to Monday night’s national championship showdown between the Tigers and the Tide. If Watson can keep Alabama’s vaunted defense off-balance with a mix of the air and the ground, Clemson has a good shot to claim its first national title since 1981 at the College Football National Championship Game in Glendale, AZ.

The Tigers’ All-American is just the third quarterback in FBS history to pass for 3,500 yards and rush for 1,000 in the same season. He passed for 31 touchdowns and ran for 12. Watson has rushed for more than 100 yards in five of the past six games, including 145 on 24 carries in a semifinal win over Oklahoma.

“I don’t know that anybody stops Deshaun Watson,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said.”You’re talking about a phenomenal player, a player who can beat you in a lot of different ways in terms of his passing ability, his ability to execute their offense effectively, can make plays with his legs, can extend plays in the passing game.”

Watson has studied game film on how it is done: Auburn’s Cam Newton beating the Tide in 2010, Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel in 2012, even Ole Miss’ Chad Kelly doing so in September, when he passed for 341 yards. It seems there is only one way to defeat the Tide: Spread out its defense, use no-huddle tempo, and have a quarterback who can make something out of nothing.

“That’s part of my strength,” Watson said. “I’m going to use it to the best of my ability. If I have time or I have a chance to run, then I run. But if not, then I make the throws in the pocket. I’m just going to do my job, whatever situation comes. … I just have to do my job, my part, continue to be me and don’t try to be no superhero.”

While Clemson’s offense is aiming to turn the game into a track meet and to tilt the numbers in its favor by having Alabama have to account for the quarterback run game, the Tide is better equipped than ever to handle the spread without sacrificing rushing yardage. Alabama’s defense is No. 1 in the country against the run by allowing only 70 yards per game.

“Everybody knows they’re good,” Watson said. “But we’re good on offense, too.”

Which one is best Monday night will likely decide the national champion.

Photo by Clemson Athletics

Comments

comments

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CF

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CFChristian Academy of Myrtle Beach junior Michael Green reached another [more]

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying Panthers

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying PanthersRetired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is interested [more]

CCU's Ruiz picked to play in Latin America Amateur

CCU's Ruiz picked to play in Latin America AmateurCoastal Carolina junior golfer Luis Ruiz has been selected to [more]

CAC swimmers clean up on medals at Tiger Invitational

CAC swimmers clean up on medals at Tiger InvitationalThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) sent 37 swimmers to compete [more]

MB grad Sessions waived during 11th NBA season

MB grad Sessions waived during 11th NBA seasonFor the first time since his high school days at [more]

Horry/Georgetown Invite: CF, NMB, MB finish 1-2-3

Horry/Georgetown Invite: CF, NMB, MB finish 1-2-3The Carolina Forest High wrestling team captured the bi-county championship [more]

Battle at the Beach: MB makes it rain 3s; CA falls

Battle at the Beach: MB makes it rain 3s; CA fallsOn Friday night, a leaky roof forced the Myrtle Beach [more]

CCU Hoops: Coastal splits with visiting Georgia State

CCU Hoops: Coastal splits with visiting Georgia StateArtur Labinowicz scored a career, team and game-high 32 points, [more]

Hoops: Chiefs, Tigers use last-second shots for wins

Hoops: Chiefs, Tigers use last-second shots for winsNorth Myrtle Beach High's Cooper Chandler picked the right time [more]

MB Winter Bump tourney expects record crowd, field

MB Winter Bump tourney expects record crowd, fieldThe annual Myrtle Beach Winter Bump Volleyball Classic, hosted by [more]

Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year award

Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year awardSt. James High junior Smith Knaffle may need to add [more]

CCU Hoops: Chants split Sun Belt twinbill with GSU

CCU Hoops: Chants split Sun Belt twinbill with GSUJaylen Shaw moved into 13th place on the Coastal Carolina [more]

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls cruise past St. James

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls cruise past St. JamesThe North Myrtle Beach boys and girls basketball teams swept [more]

Wrestling: Locals earn top rankings; Chiefs take two

Wrestling: Locals earn top rankings; Chiefs take twoThe latest rankings were released Tuesday for SCHSL wrestling, but [more]

Boys Hoops: Socastee, Conway win region debuts

Boys Hoops: Socastee, Conway win region debutsThe Socastee High boys basketball team won a thrilling Region [more]

Girls Hoops: Seahawks knock off No. 1 Wilson

Girls Hoops: Seahawks knock off No. 1 WilsonThe Myrtle Beach High girls basketball team saw region rival [more]

CCU student-athletes post top semester in classroom

CCU student-athletes post top semester in classroom A record 264 Coastal Carolina student-athletes posted at least a [more]

Riptides make successful plunge at Polar Bear meet

Riptides make successful plunge at Polar Bear meetRiptides Racing's swimmers braved the cold weather and icy roads [more]

Local teams break ice with region rivals, reschedules

Local teams break ice with region rivals, reschedulesThe new year is only one week old and already [more]

Panthers suffer tough loss to Saints, face uncertainty

Panthers suffer tough loss to Saints, face uncertaintyThe Carolina Panthers' season ended in a heap atop sacked [more]

Ragin' Cajuns sweep CCU in Sun Belt doubleheader

Ragin' Cajuns sweep CCU in Sun Belt doubleheaderCoastal Carolina faced the top men’s basketball team in the [more]

Moglia announces return to role as CCU head coach

Moglia announces return to role as CCU head coachCoastal Carolina’s Joe Moglia announced he has been medically cleared [more]

CCU men, women see rally bids halted by Warhawks

CCU men, women see rally bids halted by WarhawksAfter trailing by as many as 21 points, Coastal Carolina [more]

Winter weather puts chill on local sports schedule

Winter weather puts chill on local sports scheduleThe winter weather didn't waste anytime scrambling the 2018 sports [more]

All That Jas: Adams nets Sun Belt weekly accolade

All That Jas: Adams nets Sun Belt weekly accoladeFor the second time this season, Jas Adams has been [more]

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CF

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CFChristian Academy of Myrtle Beach junior Michael Green reached another [more]

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying Panthers

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying PanthersRetired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is interested [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach