3 Greatest Quarterbacks in Clemson History

By michael obermuller
Will Deshaun Watson rank number one for Clemson quarterbacks?
Will Deshaun Watson rank number one for Clemson quarterbacks? / Ronald Martinez/Getty Images
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Clemson University has built its program into a college football powerhouse over the last decade. Head coach Dabo Swinney deserves a good deal of credit for this transformation, the team's success directly correlates to his tenure with the school, but so do the players.

As we know with football, the quarterback position is one of leadership and poise. There is no single player on the field that is more crucial to the overall success of a team. During this recent run of dominance, the quarterback play has been exceptional for Clemson. Here are the three top Tigers quarterbacks in the history of the university.

3. Tajh Boyd (2010-13)

Tajh Boyd helped Dabo Swinney turn this program around.
Tajh Boyd helped Dabo Swinney turn this program around. / Joel Auerbach/Getty Images

The casual football fan may have forgotten about Tajh Boyd, but not a Clemson fan. The former Tiger never made it in the NFL, after originally being drafted by the New York Jets, but his college career was instrumental in this school's history. Soon after Dabo took over mid-way through 2008, in came Boyd in 2010. During his four years at the university, the quarterback set Clemson passing records that still stand to this day, including total yardage and touchdowns in the air with 11,904 and 107, respectively. Boyd was awarded the ACC Player of the Year and First-team All-American in 2012. He also was a First-team All-ACC player twice and took the Tigers to one ACC Championship.

2. Trevor Lawrence (2018-Present)

When all is said and done, Trevor Lawrence might move up to first on this list.
When all is said and done, Trevor Lawrence might move up to first on this list. / Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The current Clemson quarterback has had a level of prestige around him since committing to the university, as a coveted prospect nationwide. In two seasons so far, Trevor Lawrence has been nothing less than spectacular, with 76 total touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. With the prototypical QB frame plus above-average speed and awareness, Lawrence is a dual-threat weapon with an arm that scouts dream about. He's also a winner, leading the Tigers to their longest winning streak in program history, at 29 games. Already a CFP National Champion and a two-time ACC Champion with a long list of honors and awards, Lawrence is expected to become the future No. 1 overall selection in next year's NFL Draft.

1. Deshaun Watson (2014-16)

Deshaun Watson is still the most influential quarterback in Clemson history as of now.
Deshaun Watson is still the most influential quarterback in Clemson history as of now. / Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Yes, the current Houston Texans' franchise quarterback still tops this list for now. In one fewer season played than Boyd, Deshaun Watson almost had more total passing yards and touchdowns. Watson also had more rushing yards than Boyd, with 1,934, and just as many rushing TDs (26). Watson was a consensus All-American, ACC Player and Athlete of the Year, Heisman finalist twice, and two-time Manning Award winner for best QB in the nation (among other honors), but most importantly, he was the first Clemson quarterback who was able to lead the Tigers to a College Football Playoff National Championship.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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