Despite seeing some of his numbers dip compared to last year's Heisman-winning campaign, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is still a complete nightmare to deal with. He possesses one of the prettiest deep balls in college football; he can put enough velocity on the ball to hit receivers in traffic; and he's quick enough to take off and run after going through his progressions. In fact, Watson does so many things well that Ohio State has had to use three different players to mimic the Tigers quarterback in practice as the Buckeyes prepare to face Watson and Clemson on New Year's Eve.
To recreate Watson's big arm, Ohio State employed freshman quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who, according to defensive end Sam Hubbard, has "a cannon." To mimic Watson's scrambling ability outside the pocket, safety Eric Glover-Williams volunteered his skills. And to replicate Watson's skill at running between the tackles, the Buckeyes picked a walk-on quarterback to take some hits. Three Buckeyes. One Watson.
"They told us yesterday that we've had over 750 Clemson snaps or something like that from the scout team. We've been going hard," Hubbard told ESPN.
When told that the Buckeyes are using so many guys to match his overall game, Watson didn't seem to take it as a compliment.
"I guess [it's flattering]," Watson said. "We have a lot of guys who are trying to simulate what they do on defense, too. It's not going to be the same, because everyone is different."
We'll see how well the Buckeyes' trio of Watson impersonators did when the two teams face off at the Fiesta Bowl in the College Football Semifinals on Dec. 31.
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