Six Spring Practice QB Battles with National Championship Implications

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Six Spring Practice QB Battles with National Championship Implications
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Cole Stoudt will be a key player in Clemson's spring quarterback battle.

CLEMSON, S.C. – Tuesday afternoon, Dabo Swinney extolled the virtues of spring.

“It’s always fun to start to build a new team,” Clemson’s head coach said. “That’s the great thing about college football, you really start over every year. Everybody has to move on, and that’s just the nature of college football.”

Swinney knows all about starting over: he and offensive coordinator Chad Morris return just four starters from a talented, potent offense that averaged 40.2 points per game in 2013, keying the Tigers’ run to an 11-2 record and Orange Bowl title.

Among the positions up for grab as the Tigers’ spring practice begins Wednesday afternoon? Quarterback.

Tajh Boyd, who holds 53 Clemson and ACC career records (including Clemson’s marks for passing yards, passing touchdowns, total touchdowns and completions and the ACC record for passing touchdowns) is gone, leaving highly-touted freshman DeShaun Watson, steady senior Cole Stoudt and talented sophomore Chad Kelly to compete for the position.

Clemson’s quarterback battle is one of only a number of high-profile signal-caller competitions that will take place across college football this spring and summer.

Here’s a look at the high-profile quarterback competitions which will shape and affect national championship contenders and the national title pictures, and how they’ll unfold this spring.

*Unless otherwise noted, all quotes for this article were obtained directly by the author. 

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