Clemson fell to Alabama in the College Football Playoff final in January, but quarterback Deshaun Watson had one of the best performances in championship game history. Watson, then a sophomore, torched the vaunted Crimson Tide defense with 478 total yards of offense (405 yards through the air and 73 on the ground), breaking Vince Young's national championship game record.
Watson finished third in Heisman voting behind Alabama's Derrick Henry and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, but he's one of the favorites to win the award this season. Alabama coach Nick Saban said Tuesday that he believes Watson's the most dominant college football player Alabama's seen since 2010 Heisman winner Cam Newton.
Saban on Deshaun Watson: "That guy is the most significantly dominant player that we've played against since Cam Newton in 2010."— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) July 19, 2016
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Alabama will be starting a new quarterback in 2016 now that Jake Coker has moved on to the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, and only one of the Crimson Tide's current four candidates to take over has game experience. Needless to say, Saban isn't expecting Alabama's next QB to match Watson's production.
"I don't care who plays quarterback for us. He ain't gonna be that good."