Former Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson gained 1,934 rushing yards in his college career. During his sophomore season, he rushed for more than 1,100 yards and scored 12 rushing touchdowns. But he’s no Kelly Bryant.
At least that’s what Matt Connolly of TheState.com wrote in his column Monday night. As impressive as Watson and even Tajh Boyd were for the Tigers this decade, Connolly argues Bryant brings an element neither of those two stars ever did:
Through five games, Bryant is Clemson’s leading rusher with 362 yards and seven touchdowns. The junior uses a combination of speed, shiftiness and power to knife through opposing defenses.
Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott argued the same point – that Bryant is the best runner of those three – on Monday:
I think he’s bigger, he’s faster, more elusive than those guys. Tajh was a great runner in his own right, especially short yardage, between the tackles. Deshaun was a guy that you had to get in space, and I think he had deceptive speed. Kelly is just a natural runner. He can run inside. He can run outside. And he’s hard to tackle. That’s the biggest thing. He can drop the shoulders when he needs to, but more importantly, when you get up on him, he can make you miss.
Bryant told Connolly that he models his game after former Texas All-American Vince Young. During his junior season, Young passed for 3,000 and rushed for 1,000 yards on his way to leading the Longhorns to the national championship.
While he may be as skillful running at the quarterback position as either Watson or Young, Bryant will need a national title of his own, the Heisman Trophy or both to be remembered just as fondly.
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