TRUE FRESHMAN SUFFERS BROKEN FINGER ON THROWING HAND
By FITSNEWS || Clemson University true freshman quarterback Deshaun Watson – one of college football’s most explosive young players – was knocked out of the Tigers’ ACC showdown against Louisville on Saturday.
And probably much longer …
The extent of the injury to Watson’s right hand (his throwing hand) was not immediately clear – although the Tiger medical staff wasted little time in declaring him out for the duration of the game, which Clemson managed to win 23-17.
Watson sustained the injury while stiff-arming a Louisville defender during a first quarter run. He stayed in the game for one additional down after being hurt, but was in obvious pain and unable to throw the football. After being examined on the sideline by trainers, he was ushered to the Clemson locker room so his right index finger could receive further attention.
Watson took over the reins of the Tiger offense midway through Clemson’s third game against No. 1 Florida State. For the season, he’s thrown for 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns against only two interceptions. The dual-threat star has also rushed for 137 yards and another three scores.
He is 2-0 as Clemson’s starter – with wins over North Carolina and NC State.
Fifth-year senior Cole Stoudt – Clemson’s starter for the first three games of 2014 – took Watson’s place.
UPDATE: According to Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, Watson has a broken right index finger. That’s incredibly bad news for Tiger fans. Depending on the severity of the fracture – and whether he needs surgery – Watson could miss anywhere from 1-2 months.