Stoudt support system

CLEMSON - Cole Stoudt has a quarterback support system in place, in addition to the one he's now coming to know during his first few months at Clemson.

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His father, Cliff, quarterbacked the Steelers, Cardinals and Cowboys in the 80's and early 90's. His older brother, Zack, who recently enrolled at Ole Miss, originally signed with Louisville as a three-star quarterback in 2008.

"I talk to him a couple of times a week," the youngest Stoudt quarterback said of his father. "It's just the same thing every time. If I say I'm throwing weird, he just tells me the same old stuff.he gives me really good advice. He's like another coach, pretty much, that's not here."

As a senior at Dublin Coffman High School in Dublin, Ohio, Scout.com named Stoudt the No. 28 quarterback in the class of 2011. The former three-star prospect broke school career passing records for touchdowns, yards and attempts that were once held by Denver Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn.

Stoudt should be counting down the final weeks of high school. Instead, he's preparing for Saturday's Orange and White spring game in Death Valley.

"Right now, I could be getting ready for the prom, kind of just sitting around and lifting," he said. "Here, I'm in spring ball and learning a lot. It's a lot of fun."

He's caught on quickly enough to be named the leader in the push for the backup quarterback spot behind Tajh Boyd.

On Monday, head coach Dabo Swinney said Stoudt had the edge ahead of fellow freshman Tony McNeal. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris confirmed that sentiment on Tuesday.

"I think, as far as settling in and understanding how to manage the game, being able to make some plays with his feet, Cole is a step ahead," Morris said. "It's nothing bad about Tony. Just, if you compare them, Cole's a little ahead."

To Morris, it looks like Stoudt "has been around the game his whole life."

"Cole's personality, he'll get excited, at times. Then, he'll have a bad play or two, and he gets real down on himself, at times. That's just the competitiveness in him," Morris said. "Cole, right now, has a little bit stronger of an arm.he's so wide in his drop it slows his release down. We've got to shorten the steps on his drop to get the ball out a little bit quicker.

"Tony's got a quicker release. Each one of them brings a little bit different to the table. I think Cole probably runs a little bit better than Tony, on some of our zone read."

Stoudt believes that his background aids in developing him as a quarterback at the collegiate level.

Growing up, Stoudt said, his dad wore several hats, "He was kind of everything. He's a coach, my dad-did everything he could."

When it came to football, the elder Stoudt wasn't over the top, either.

"My dad hasn't been forceful on me, being like, 'You've got to do this. You've got to do this,'" Stoudt said. "He was like, 'If you want this, here's what you've got to do.'"

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