Clemson sophomore Deshaun Watson became the first Davey O’Brien Award honoree in Clemson history and just the sixth player younger than a junior to ever claim the trophy. He was the first player in NCAA FBS history with at least 4,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards.
Watson was a consensus All-American, ACC Player of the Year, ACC Offensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year. The quarterback directed the Tigers to an appearance in the National Championship Game, a final national ranking of No. 2 and an overall record of 14-1.
In all, Watson amassed 5,209 yards of total offense and accounted for 47 touchdowns. The native of Gainesville, Ga., completed 333-of-491 passes for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,105 yards (5.3 average) and 12 scores. He set a National Championship Game record with 478 total yards of offense against Alabama in a 45-40 defeat. Watson was 30-of-47 passing for 405 yards and four touchdowns and also rushed for 73 yards in the game.