Stoudt thrown into the fire

CLEMSON - Seven snaps. That's all the experience Cole Stoudt had going into Saturday's 36-14 win over Boston College.

The freshman quarterback from Dublin, Ohio was pressed into duty midway through the third quarter when starter Tajh Boyd was knocked out of the game with a hip injury deep in Eagle territory.

Twenty-seven snaps later, Stoudt completed 6 of 10 passes for 37 yards.

"It was exciting, just going in there and being in that kind of situation that I had never been in before," he said. "The first game that I got in at the end, there was no pressure -- you have to score. Going into this situation, it's the entire second half, not just one series for, like, two or three minutes. It was keeping the team alive."

"It was exciting, just going in there and being in that kind of situation that I had never been in before."

Excitement was one of several emotions Stoudt experienced as team doctors evaluated Boyd on the field.

"The team helped me with [being nervous]. They were all coming to me and saying, 'You've got to relax. Just be who you are, just play, have fun,'" Stoudt said.

Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris was pleased with what he saw from Stoudt, who's the son of former NFL quarterback Cliff Stoudt.

On his second full series, Stoudt led a 13-play, 50-yard drive that took 4:30 off the clock and led to a 47-yard field goal.

The ensuing Clemson possession ended with a 35-yard touchdown run by Andre Ellington.

"Cole is a very smart, intelligent young man. He's a competitor," Morris said. "You're going to see him respond...he's here and he's here for a reason. It's my job to coach him up."

Like Morris, head coach Dabo Swinney had a positive review.

"He took care of the football," Swinney said. "He made good decisions and really stepped up. I thought, like I said, he did a really good job."

According to a release from the school, the MRI and x-rays of Boyd's injured hip have come back negative. His status for next week's game at Maryland is questionable.

"I don't think he's really hurt. It doesn't sound that bad, from what we're hearing...he should be fine," Stoudt said.

Even if Boyd is unable to suit up against the Terrapins, Morris plans to keep his no huddle, hurry-up offense clicking along at the same rapid pace.

"We're not going to be conservative with that young man That young man has got some talent," Morris said of Stoudt. "He throws a real catchable ball. He had a really good spring, if you remember that. He did some really good things in the spring.

"As a backup, sometimes you kind of sit back there -- it doesn't matter how many people tell you, 'Be ready, be ready, be ready.' They mentally don't prepare themselves like they should. Now, I think he's in a little bit different situation, right now. He'll be ready to go."

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