Clemson’s Stoudt to start at quarterback

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says Cole Stoudt will start at quarterback in place of the injured Deshaun Watson when the Tigers face Georgia State on Saturday.

Watson sprained a ligament and bruised a bone in his left knee during the first quarter of a 28-6 loss at No.

17 Georgia Tech last week. Stoudt played poorly after replacing Watson, throwing three interceptions — two which were returned for touchdowns.

Stoudt began the season as Clemson’s starter before Watson took over in a September loss at Florida State. Stoudt also started three midseason games for the Tigers (7-3) when Watson broke a bone in his throwing hand against Louisville last month.

Swinney had thought Watson’s latest injury was more serious. However, tests showed no major damage and Watson could return this season.

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