CLEMSON, S.C. -- In hopes of persuading a hefty crowd of Clemson fans to come out for the Tigers' spring football game on April 9, head coach Dabo Swinney made it clear he is not expecting his star quarterback, Deshaun Watson, to be in a Clemson uniform next spring.
"I really want to challenge the crowd and fans to show up," Swinney said. "It's going to be the last time to see Deshaun Watson, most likely, in a spring game."
Watson, a junior who finished third in Heisman balloting last season and led Clemson to the national championship game, hasn't discussed his plans for the NFL publicly, but Swinney said he has talked with Watson on numerous occasions about his career path.
"We talk all the time," Swinney said. "Deshaun came in here with a plan. He's going to graduate in three years. That's what he's doing. ... It's great when you have focused people like that."
Five underclassmen from last year's Tigers team declared for the draft. When it comes to preparation for the next level, Swinney said he doesn't think Watson has much left to prove.
"There's a lot of teams that would've liked to have him this year," Swinney said. "His game translates to wherever. You want to play football on Mars, he'll translate there. He's unbelievable."
In two years at Clemson, Watson has 6,875 total yards and 66 touchdowns and has gone 18-2 as a starter.