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Week 1 Stats: 15-of-28 passing, 130 yards, 0 touchdowns
Breaking Down His Performance
While there have been mixed reviews about Cole Stoudt’s performance Saturday, he played well in my book. He missed a couple of throws early, but he didn’t get a lot of help from his receivers early on, either.
Mike Williams wasn’t able to hold on to a couple of passes, and you would like to see Charone Peake haul in the deep ball that could have gone for a long touchdown. Stoudt looked calm and poised in the first half—just what you would expect from a guy that has been in the system so long.
In the second half, the Georgia defense was able to get pressure on Stoudt, leaving him with fewer options to get rid of the ball. The play-calling was very aggressive in the first half, and Stoudt looked ready to go.
After halftime, field position led to a more conservative game from offensive coordinator Chad Morris, and Stoudt wasn’t able to get the ball down the field. It can’t be overlooked that Clemson’s offense looked awful in the second half, but I was impressed with what I saw out of both quarterbacks in a hostile environment.