I cannot say enough about the way Deshaun Watson balled out last night; about his toughness, playmaking and leadership ability.
Sure, he shredded that Tide dee in a losing effort last year. But that defense was better this year; that defense was hyped as one of the best of all time, this year. And looked like it early on; Watson was getting smoked. Dude was getting battered. And was out of sorts, he was rattled. On a big stage by a defense that was looking to knock him the hell out.
But it’s almost like Bama punched itself out. Almost like Watson ate all their best shots, shook them off and said, is that all you got. And then dude got his legs, settled in and started making plays.
And after listening to Dabo talk up Watson as one of college football’s greats, as a special quarterback and a transcendent player, and Dabo has done it over and over again on this show, Watson went out and proved him right once again. So while Lamar Jackson won this year’s Heisman Trophy, Deshaun proved he really was college football’s best last night.
But if we know anything about Watson, he’s not trading what’s in Clemson’s trophy case for that what’s in Jackson’s. And after going legend against the Crimson Tide, there’s no better walk-off for Watson. What else is there to prove?
Entering the game, there were some questions about his accuracy. His decision making. Watson threw 17 interceptions this season, including 2 against Ohio State. And it was a big reason why I thought Bama would get it done. But Watson was flawless against the Tide, putting together a clinical second half and a cold-blooded 2-minute drill that’ll be part of the legend.
I don’t know about y’all but the second Jalen Hurts ran it in for the go ahead score, I thought, ‘great run, but you just left a stud way too much time. Way too much time.’ And they did.
Because Watson did go legend on that final drive: Mike Williams went up and made a play. Jordan Leggett made a catch they’ll never forget at Clemson. And Tide killer Hunter Renfrow broke open at the pylon for the game winner that Watson knew he had even before they ran it.
And now Watson heads to the NFL where a handful of teams just saw the best job audition you could ever ask for. He was accurate. He was fearless.
And on the biggest stage and against the baddest defense, Watson answered virtually every question you could ever have for him.
I thought after last year’s performance in the title game there was nothing this cat could say or do to make me think any more of him. But I was wrong. Watson is a straight baller. And leader. And pound for pound, one of the toughest dudes I have ever seen.