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Player Grades: FSU at Clemson

What a be alive! Clemson gets a huge win to clinch the Atlantic Division title. See who graded out in this big win.

Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports


Deshaun Watson, QB, Sophomore, A

Watson opened up with a very shaky first half. He overthrew and seemed disconnected with his receivers on several routes, seemed to force some throws, and had the infamous spike on 3rd down. However, once he got into the second half, he calmed down significantly and played much better to engineer Clemson's comeback win. Watson threw for 297 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions and ran for 107 yards.

Deon Cain, WR, Freshman, A: After showing flashes of brilliance all year, Cain came through in a big way for the Tigers. He had 56 yards on 3 catches. His biggest catch was taking a screen pass 38 yards to the house in the 3rd quarter to give Clemson its first touchdown of the day and a 13-10 lead. Cain continues to show that he can be a special player for the Tigers.


Ben Boulware, LB, Junior, A+: Once again, Boulware was a leader on the defense and came through for the Tigers when they needed them. He laid a big hit in the stop of FSU running back Dalvin Cook on 4th down in the 4th quarter to get Clemson the ball back and allow the Tigers to score an insurance touchdown. He then ran in and stripped the ball from Travis Rudolph's hands which landed into BJ Goodson's grasp, sealing the game for the Tigers.

BJ Goodson, LB, RS Senior, A+: Goodson lead the team in tackles with 9, including 3.5 for loss and 2 sacks. He also snagged the ball out of the air that was stripped by Boulware from Ruldoph late in the 4th quarter to clinch the win for the Tigers. Goodson was all over the field and a big contributor to this win.

Special Teams

Greg Huegel, K, Freshman, A: Huegel was money on Saturday connecting on all 3 field goals and both extra points. His fourth quarter 34 yarder gave Clemson a 16-13 lead, and the Tigers never looked back going on to finish in victory.