BY AARON BRENNER
CLEMSON – ‘Compete’ is Dabo Swinney’s word of the spring. Everybody else digs a little deeper in the dictionary.
It’s the word on everybody’s mind: all the media in the WestZone Club team room at Tuesday’s press conference, all the fans hanging on every word said in that 1-hour, 1-minute dissertation leading into Clemson’s 15 spring practices, and yeah, the guy delivering that presentation as well.
No more Tajh Boyd. So who’s it gonna be? Cole Stoudt, Chad Kelly or Deshaun Watson? And in that same breath, who replaces wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant and tailback Roderick McDowell?
“Obviously the big question for everybody sitting in this room and probably everybody outside this room is who’s throwing it, who’s running it, and who’s catching it,” Swinney said. “For the last several years around here, everybody’s been knowing who’s going to throw it, run it and catch it.”
It’s Clemson’s first spring tussle for the top job as field general since Kyle Parker and Willy Korn duked it out five years ago.
“It’s a situation where everybody respects the fact that, hey, this guy wants to be the guy, that guy wants to be the guy,” Swinney said. “It’s going to be fun to watch it take place. Everything counts. It’s going to be incredibly competitive. It’s not a situation where we don’t have talent at that position. … For us, who gives us the best chance to win on Saturdays right now? That’s the process we’ve got to sort out.”