Far from satisfied

CLEMSON - Cole Stoudt is far from satisfied. Just winning the starting quarterback job after spring practice won't be enough for him.

However, once Dabo Swinney named him the guy, the three-year backup did allow himself to feel good about the moment.

"For a second, I was really happy," Stoudt said. "Then, I was like we've got to get to work. We've got to develop the team."

That's a big reason why Swinney decided to name Stoudt the starter after Chad Kelly was kicked off the team earlier this month.

"I'm excited about the direction that Cole will bring to our team as we go into summer, in particular," Swinney said. "He's going to provide some clear leadership. The guys have a great appreciation for Cole Stoudt and how he's performed and prepared for three years.

"To have an opportunity to be our starter, I think he's earned the opportunity. Look forward to him leading us into this summer and fall camp."

Swinney said that doesn't guarantee that Stoudt will start against Georgia in the season opener.

"You have to perform every day. He's got to come into camp and he's got to perform. He's the starter going into the summer," Swinney said. "It's his job to lose, however you want to look at it, but the competition doesn't end. He has to come out and perform every single day like a starter."

Even though it's the most scrutinized position in sports, Swinney said the quarterback job is just like the others.

"If Stephone Anthony shows up at camp this fall and is practicing like a dog, he's not going to be the starter. He has to earn that every single day," Swinney said. "Quarterback is no different. There's no leash or anything like that. It's just a matter that a guy has to perform, just really that simple, not a very complicated thing."

Stoudt gets it. And it doesn't bother him in the least bit.

"I'm going to go and get better this summer," he said. "I'm going to get the team better. In the fall, we're just going to try to do our best."

Now that Deshaun Watson is nipping at his heels for the starting job, Stoudt won't let that upset things in the locker room.

"Since day one that he got here, I kind of treated him like Tajh treated me when I got here," Stoudt said. "He put his arm right around me and said, ‘All right, here we go with the program.'

"I've learned so much from Tajh that I want to be someone that can help other players, help them understand what to do and how to be a good face of the program, to be the leader. I've learned a lot from Tajh and I want to help Deshaun be that next guy."

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