As expected, Clemson signal-caller Deshaun Watson won the Davey O’Brien Award for being the nation’s most outstanding quarterback, as it was announced at the The Home Depot College Football Awards ceremony held on Thursday night. He is the is the first player in Clemson history to earn the Davey O’Brien Award.
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Watson beat out Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield and TCU’s Trevone Boykin to win the award. Oddly enough, Watson’s Tigers will face off against one of the other finalists in Mayfield’s Sooners in the College Football Playoff semifinals on December 31.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, who officially took home the Coach of the Year Award Thursday, knows he has a special player in Watson and would take him above any player in the country.
“If I had to start a team right now in CFB and I had one guy, I’m taking Deshaun Watson,” Swinney told ESPN on Thursday.
Watson, a 6’2”, 205-pound sophomore from Gainesville, Georgia, has passed for 3,512 yards and 30 touchdowns with 11 interceptions, while completing on 69.5 percent of his passes.
He is also Clemson’s first player to be named as a Heisman finalist, as this award was pretty much already determined. Watson has been the driving force in keeping the Tigers the No.1 team in the country for most of the season, as his dual-threat ability has kept defenses on their toes.