3. Deshaun Watson – QB – Clemson:
Watson’s incredible performance on Saturday Night probably won’t be enough.
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Going in to Championship Week Watson looked like a solid runner-up for the Heisman, and maybe it was him that had the best shot of chasing down Derrick Henry.
All he did to drop to the third slot was throw for 289 yards and three touchdowns, adding two more touchdowns on the ground. As you can tell it’s not what Watson didn’t do, it’s what a few others did that caused him to drop (more on that later).
Watson led Clemson to an undefeated regular season record and an ACC Championship. Oh and he helped secure a campus wide pizza party for the Tiger faithful.
Watson ended the regular season with just over 3,500 passing yards and 30 touchdowns. On the ground he added 887 yards and 11 more touchdowns.
It’s easy to see why the dynamic Watson will get an invite to New York, and why he’ll receive his fair share of first place votes.
All of this was coming off a major knee surgery. Watson tore his ACL at the end of 2014, and it took him a while to get his groove back in 2015.
While Watson probably won’t win in 2015; with a full, healthy offseason he’ll probably be the odds on favorite to win the award in his junior year in 2016.
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