Cole Stoudt will start for Clemson

April, 15, 2014
Apr 15
3:22
PM ET
No surprise here: Clemson coach Dabo Swinney says he will name veteran Cole Stoudt his starting quarterback.

Swinney confirmed the news to ESPN.com, shortly after he told Fox Sports, "He's a great leader who is highly respected by his teammates. He never once complained. He was always ready when we needed him. He's earned it and he will be named the starter."

The decision is a no-brainer. Swinney dismissed Chad Kelly from the program Monday for conduct detrimental to the team, leaving a three-way quarterback race down to Stoudt and true freshman Deshaun Watson. Stoudt has served as Tajh Boyd's backup over the last three seasons. Though he is not perceived to be as mobile as Boyd or Watson, Stoudt has earned this opportunity.

Now all that's left is making the most of it.

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