Even though a certain group of atheists and agnostics up in Wisconsin might think otherwise, Dabo Swinney and Chad Morris would probably take what Cole Stoudt did in the second quarter of the Orange and White spring game twice on Sunday, too.
For the game, Stoudt completed 15 of 23 passes for 158 yards with two touchdowns.
TD No. 1 was a simple dump off to Mike Williams with Ryan Carter blitzing off the corner. The most impressive part of the play was the recognition by the quarterback and wide receiver, both of whom saw the blitzing freshman cornerback moments before the snap.
But that first quarter touchdown pass wasn't quite as impressive as second quarter incompletion.
First-down at the Orange 16-yardline with about 8:30 left in the second quarter, Stoudt went play-action to C.J. Davidson, booted left to the boundary [short-side of the field] with Jordan Leggett in the flat and Mike Williams looking for what appeared to be back-shoulder throw.
Carter had good coverage on Williams with safety help over the top from T.J. Green. Tony Steward covered up Leggett in the flat.
ESPNU color announcer Danny Kanell was spot on with his analysis of the play.
"Do you remember the play that Chad Kelly threw his interception on? It was similar to that," Kanell said. "[Kelly] was rolling to his left. He had pressure and tried to force it in the end zone. That's the difference, I think, between a veteran, senior quarterback [who] realized when he got out there, ‘Hey, I'm just going to throw it away, live another down.'"
On the next play, Stoudt had trips to the right with Leggett flexed out. Kyrin Priester was in the slot and Artavis Scott was out wide, both of the wide receivers ran hitches. Leggett, who was on the smash route, was wide-open in the end zone.
13-2, White with the lead, extra-point pending.
"So, Danny, to your point throw it away, have another down and it ends up with six," said play-by-play announcer Carter Blackburn.
And that's kind of quarterback that Clemson will get with Stoudt: an efficient decision maker who isn't afraid to take what the defensive gives him.
Morris doesn't have a problem with that.
"Cole, he has been very consistent the entire spring," Morris said. "The entire spring, he has just been a steady Eddie-type of guy, never too high, really, never too low, so it was good to see that [Saturday], saw a few things with that, with him [Saturday]."
Steady does it
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