Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson made his first, and probably last, appearance Saturday afternoon at the Clemson Orange and White Game. And he showed Tiger fans he’s ready for the 2016 season.
In his limited duty, and playing for both teams, Watson completed 7-11 paasses for 141 yards and 2 touchdowns. Of course, he was hands off as far as the defense was concerned but that does not take away from the crispness of his throws on a crisp afternoon in Death Valley.
Watson hit Hunter Renfrow for 47 yards on the second play of the game and later connected with Ray-Ray McCloud for a 61 yard touchdown.
Kelly Bryant and Nick Schussler continued their battle for the #2 job. Bryant was 9-17 for 128 yards but did throw two interceptions. Schussler was 14-21 for 133 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions.
Artavis Scott also flashed his skills with a 37 yard reception, a 32 yard punt return and a 44 yard kickoff return.
Adam Choice led the running game with 88 yards on 17 carries. CJ Fuller and Wayne Gallman each rushed for 58 yards. And Trevion Thompson was the leading receiver with 6 catches for 87 yards.
Freshman linebacker Tre Lamar was credited with 10 tackles in the game to lead all defensive players in that category.
For the record, the Orange won the game 17-9. There were no injuries to speak of, the game attracted a record 50,500 fans and the Richardson Family donated a million dollars to the university. So, all in all, it was a very good day at Clemson.
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SportsTalk at the Stadium from Death Valley