Clemson Football: Breaking Down the Tigers' QB Competition

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Clemson Football: Breaking Down the Tigers' QB Competition
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Rising senior Cole Stoudt

Replacing a star is never easy. That's just what Clemson must do in 2014 now that the school's all-time leading passer, Tajh Boyd, has graduated and will be on an NFL roster next fall.

Boyd leaves Clemson with quite a legacy. In three full years as the starter, he finished with a record of 32-8, 57 school and ACC records and he shattered the conference record for career touchdown passes. He led the Tigers to three consecutive 10-win seasons and back-to-back bowl wins over perennial powers LSU and Ohio State, respectively. 

To make matters worse, the best receiver in school history, Sammy Watkins, is gone, too. As is 1,000-yard rusher Roderick McDowell, left tackle Brandon Thomas and No. 2 receiver Martavis Bryant.

Fortunately for the Tigers, the cupboard isn't bare at quarterback. Oh, and offensive coordinator Chad Morris is arguably the best in the country at his job.

Senior Cole Stoudt, sophomore Chad Kelly and true freshman Deshaun Watson are competing this spring to see who can replace Boyd.

All three players bring different strengths to the position and, unlike some quarterback competitions, this one is truly up for grabs and may not be decided until the week before the season opener at Georgia. 

Who'll be the starting quarterback for Clemson in 2014? Here's an in-depth look at all three candidates and why each one has a legitimate chance to win the job. 

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