Good call, Mrs. S

CLEMSON - Had Laura Stoudt not pulled the trigger while in the area visiting with family, there's no telling who Clemson's starting quarterback would be in 2014.

According to their youngest son, Cole, Laura and Cliff were in the Carolinas visiting with family when they decided to make the move down south.

"My dad told my mom, ‘If you find a house, just let me know.' Then, four hours later, she called, ‘Hey, I just bought a house.' It ended up being a great move," Cole said. "They've loved the Carolinas ever since. My parents were both born up in Ohio, but they still love South Carolina."

The youngest of three kids, Cole was born in Greenville and lived there for three years before the Stoudts moved to Las Vegas. Cole reconnected with the Upstate after five years out west and about a decade in Ohio.

As a three-star quarterback out of Dublin-Coffman High School, Stoudt made an official visit to Clemson in October of 2011. He committed to the Tigers a couple of days before Halloween.

It was the visit to Clemson that prompted the return to his native state.

"I'm walking up to our seats and our neighbors from Greenville, when we lived there, grabbed me and said hey. It was just a family-like atmosphere," Stoudt said. "When I got here, all of the coaches were great. They never made me feel one time like this wasn't the place for me."

During his first three years at Clemson, Stoudt spent a majority of his time backing up Tajh Boyd. He completed 86 of 119 passes for 742 yards with eight touchdowns and an interception as Boyd's understudy.

Not once did Stoudt consider leaving for greener pastures, even when Boyd announced in January of 2013 that he would be back for his senior season.

"And, 2013, when Tajh said he was going to stay, I still didn't think about leaving," Stoudt said. "I was like, ‘All right, it's going to be another great year.'"

With Boyd now gone to the NFL and Chad Kelly dismissed from the team, Stoudt was named Clemson's starting quarterback earlier this month.

"Experience helped a little bit, but you still had to go out and perform, because there have been guys, that go into college and are a first-year when they're a freshman," Stoudt said, when asked about the spring competition with Kelly and Deshaun Watson. "We still had to go out there and perform, be the best you can be, show a leadership role [and] have guys be able to follow you."

Some of that credit, Cole said, goes to his dad, who played quarterback in the NFL for the Steelers, Cardinals and Dolphins.

"He's been a huge help in my development for the program and being a class leader, someone who has a leadership role. I've learned so much from him," Cole said. "Everything he tells me, I always do, because he's made it. He was in the NFL for 15 years. He knows what it takes to get there, so when he tells me how something is supposed to be done, I can't really say anything. It's just like all right, ‘You're right.'" Top Stories