Despite coming up short Monday in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson broke former Texas Longhorns star Vince Young's record for the most total yards in a national title game, per SportsCenter:
Deshaun Watson broke Vince Young's record for total yards in a national championship game. https://t.co/jySYGlNbiT2016-1-12 06:17:47
The sophomore, who threw four touchdown passes in the game, recorded 405 yards passing and 73 yards rushing in the 45-40 loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide.
He also broke Matt Leinart's record for the most passing yards in a national championship game.
Although it was an impressive performance, it wasn't shocking to those who followed Watson this season.
He finished third in Heisman Trophy voting and torched defenses for 4,104 passing yards, 1,105 rushing yards and 47 total touchdowns.
Watson earned respect from fans all over the country but also one of his opponents, 2015 Heisman winner Derrick Henry, per SEC Network:
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Derrick Henry. Deshaun Watson. #Respect #NationalChampionship https://t.co/JC5Q2fEoAH2016-1-12 06:35:25
While it may not be as important to him as winning the game, he proved all of the accolades and praise he received this year were warranted.
Watson should have his Tigers in the championship mix next season. And who knows? Perhaps he'll have a chance to break his own records.