Clemson QB Watson voted the ACC Player of the Year

clemfoot-4Clemson quarterback DeShaun Watson was overwhelmingly voted the ACC Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year on Wednesday.

“If you look at any championship team out there, most of them have a great quarterback and leader,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. “That’s what we have. It’s a huge advantage when you have the best player in the nation, and I believe he is that.”

Watson enters this weekend’s Dr. Pepper ACC Football Championship game leading all conference players with 331.6 total yards per game and also tops the league in passing yardage (3,223), touchdown passes (27) and passing efficiency rating (161.9).

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound native of Gainesville, Georgia, has also rushed for 756 yards and nine touchdowns to further balance a Clemson offense that leads the conference in total yardage (502.5 yards per game) and ranks second in points scored (37.9 per contest).

“Deshaun can beat you with his feet and his arm, (and) he has shown that on a consistent basis, especially the second half of the season, Swinney said “We are very proud of what he has done this year in leading our team to a 12-0 record so far.  He is very deserving of the ACC Player of the Year.”

A four-time selection as the ACC Offensive Back of the Week, Watson owns a 16-1 record in less than two full seasons as Clemson’s starting quarterback and is 15-0 when he starts and finishes a game in a healthy state.

Photo courtesy of CU Athletics

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