Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson knows how important No. 3 Louisville's upcoming visit to Death Valley will be for the ACC Atlantic Division race and the College Football Playoff implications that will be at stake. So much so, that he had a difficult time focusing on his opponent, even during the Tigers game on Thursday night.
Watson took the opportunity to make an 'L' gesture at the ESPN television cameras multiple times during No. 5 Clemson's 26-7 win at Georgia Tech on Thursday night.
The gesture is a popular hand sign frequently done by Louisville fans and players, so the connection could easily be viewed as a nod, or possibly even a bit of smack talk directed at the Cardinals. It's also a hand sign associated with Atlanta hip-hop artist Shawty Lo who died in a car crash just days ago. Clemson football even used the artist's popular track 'Dey Know' in a Vine and tweet before the Tigers Thursday night contest.
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The Tigers star quarterback was caught seeking out the camera and flashing the gesture during a Clemson timeout and as game time was expiring. Was it a look ahead at the pending key ACC meeting or a salute to a passed artist? You decide.
Whatever the purpose of Watson's camera antics, the meeting - just the third between the two schools - will provide a plethora of headlines both before and after.
After finishing third in the 2015 Heisman Trophy voting, Watson, a junior, was considered a preseason heavy favorite for the 2016 race. However, just a month into the season and it is Louisville sophomore Lamar Jackson that has grabbed the early lead in the Heisman race, with Watson currently seventh in ESPN's weekly expert poll.
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ESPN announced on Thursday evening that it's popular program College GameDay will broadcast from the October 1 contest.
Louisville, of course, has a more pressing matter, a road trip to always dangerous Marshall on Saturday night.null