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Deshaun Watson wins Manning Award, touts Clemson offense

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Is Watson the frontrunner to win the Heisman next year? (2:14)

Skip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith explain why they believe Clemson QB Deshaun Watson should be considered the front-runner to win the Heisman Trophy next season. (2:14)

Posting the most prolific individual performance in national title game history has done nothing to suppress Deshaun Watson's hunger for more.

The Clemson quarterback has rewatched the College Football Playoff National Championship presented by AT&T four or five times in the three days since the Tigers' 45-40 loss to Alabama on Monday, and he is excited to make another run at the crown next year with an offense that returns eight starters.

"We have a chance to be one of the best offenses ever in college football, so that's our motivation, to be the best ever," Watson said Thursday during a teleconference to announce he had won the Manning Award as the nation's top quarterback.

"We have a chance to be one of the best offenses ever in college football, so that's our motivation, to be the best ever."

Deshaun Watson on Clemson's offense in 2016

"We're going to take it one day at a time and try to get 1 percent better each and every day, and if we do that, everyone's on the same page, the sky's the limit."

Watson completed 30 of 47 passes for 405 yards and four touchdowns against the Crimson Tide and rushed for 73 yards. His 478 total yards of offense eclipsed Vince Young's 10-year-old record (467 yards) for most yards by one player in a national championship game.

But Watson saw opportunities to play better upon rewatching the game, harping on missed throws like his second-quarter interception in Alabama territory. The sophomore threw 13 picks this season for the 14-1 Tigers, and he said Thursday he hopes to minimize those errors next season.

The Manning Award is a 12-year-old honor that takes into consideration quarterbacks' bowl performances. After winning MVP honors in the ACC title game and the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Capital One Orange Bowl -- and after putting up a record performance in the title game -- Watson finished the 2015 campaign as the first player in FBS history to have at least 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in the same season.

Watson was also a consensus All-American, won the Davey O'Brien Award (nation's top QB) and was a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

That last part is also a matter of unfinished business for Watson come next season, as his team finished second in the nation and he finished third in the voting for the sport's top individual honor, behind Alabama's Derrick Henry and Stanford's Christian McCaffrey.

"It's something that of course I want to achieve, but at the end of the day I want the national championship, and I'm so close to getting that big dream and the big award," Watson said.

"I want it for me and my team and just really this whole university. The Heisman -- it would be a privilege and an honor to receive that award, but at the end of the day I want to be the best I can be at my position and for my team.

"All that stuff is going to take care of itself like it did this year. Derrick Henry, he earned it, he got the votes. And so at end of the day, I can only control what I can control, and that's the way I prepare and play this game, respect the game and everything that comes with it. If it happens, it happens. But if not, then it's not going to define me and the person I am on and off the field."