College Football Playoff National Championship: Clemson's 3 Key Players

College Football Playoff National Championship: Clemson's 3 Key Players

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College Football Playoff National Championship: Clemson's 3 Key Players

College Football Playoff National Championship: Clemson’s 3 Key Players


What are Clemson’s three key players going into the College Football Playoff National Championship vs. Alabama?


Clemson is loaded with superstars on both sides of the ball, but these three key players need to have massive games to have any chance of pulling this off, starting with …

DT Carlos Watkins

A nice part of the defensive line puzzle last season, this year he’s the leader and star of yet another outstanding Tiger front four. The elder statesmen of the young group of devastating next-level talents, Watkins is a regular in the backfield – he came up with two sacks against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl – and tonight he needs to be the anchor against the pounding Bama ground game. On the offensive side …

WR Mike Williams

… Needs to breakout right away. One of the best stories in college football this season, he missed almost all of last season, including the national title game, after suffering a frightening injury early after colliding with the goal post. He came back to be better than ever, catching 90 passes for close to 1,300 yards and ten touchdowns. The 6-3, 225-pounder looks like the next great Clemson NFL wide receiver, turning into the No. 1 target for …

QB Deshaun Watson

I’m sorry, I love you, Lamar Jackson, but No. 4 got my Heisman vote this year. Yeah, fine, the guy throws way too many interceptions, but he pulled off the win over Louisville. He threw for almost 400 yards against Florida State. He hit South Carolina for six touchdown passes. And even in the loss to Pitt, he threw for an ACC record 580 yards with three scores. And, of course, he was the best player on the field in Glendale last season. Alabama might have won the national title, but everyone came away buzzing about Watson’s 405-yard, four touchdown day. To win tonight, he’s got to do it all over again.

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