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Like Blake Sims at Alabama, Cole Stoudt is the returning backup at Clemson who is pegged as a favorite to replace legendary quarterback Tajh Boyd.
In garbage time in 2013, Stoudt had five touchdowns, no picks and 415 yards through the air. He also showed an acumen for making plays with his feet by rushing for two scores.
However, he will have some stiff competition for the starting job in 2014. His primary competitor will be rising freshman and 247Sports' 4-star recruit DeShaun Watson. In fact, Bleacher Report's Greg Wallace tabbed Watson as the starter for Clemson over Stoudt.
Stoudt is a veteran for the Tigers though, so he'll have the upper hand over an incoming freshman. But he must prove he's the same type of playmaker that Boyd was in order to win the job.
And to do that, he'll need to start developing chemistry with his offense this winter by doing extra drills and studying as much film as he can.