Cole Stoudt will enter the 2014 season as the starting quarterback.
Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
High School: Dublin Coffman High School
2013 Stats: In his final season as Tajh Boyd's backup, Stoudt completed 47-of-59 passes for 415 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions over 116 snaps in eight games. Stoudt completed nearly 80 percent of his passes and had a 166.7 pass efficiency rating. He also rushed for 58 yards and two touchdowns.
2014 Prediction: There isn't much that Chad Morris won't be able to do with Stoudt that he did with Boyd over the last three seasons. Just don't expect Stoudt to be the short-yardage running threat that Boyd was over the last couple. From this perspective, Stoudt will be, at the absolute minimum, a game manager. Even though that label tends to be more of a back-handed compliment these days, Stoudt should be able to do just enough to keep Clemson in just about every game this season, especially with the talent that's returning on defense. Again, that's at the very least. Despite the losses at wide receiver and running back, there are plenty of skill pieces around to help Stoudt put up some nice numbers in 2014. As long as he's got time, Stoudt will throw plenty of touchdown passes to the likes of Mike Williams and Jordan Leggett. And, as long as Stoudt keeps the ship pointed in the right direction, Deshaun Watson will remain as the No. 2 quarterback.
Recruiting Background: A three-star recruit, Stoudt was committed to Wyoming until Billy Napier came calling. Clemson already had Chester quarterback Tony McNeal on board as a commitment, but the Tigers were in search of a second quarterback for the 2011 class. Stoudt changed his pledge from Wyoming to Clemson shortly after taking an official visit to Tigertown in October of 2010. Despite Napier's departure at the end of the season, Stoudt stuck to his word and enrolled at Clemson in January of 2011. Cincinnati, USF and Arizona State were among the other schools to offer.
Dabo Says: "I'm excited about the direction that Cole will bring to our team as we go into summer, in particular. He's going to provide some clear leadership. The guys have a great appreciation for Cole Stoudt and how he's performed and prepared for three years. To have an opportunity to be our starter, I think he's earned the opportunity. Look forward to him leading us into this summer and fall camp."