Deshaun Watson returns to the lineup as Clemson’s starting QB


On his weekly teleconference Sunday night, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney revealed that Deshaun Watson would once again be the Tigers’ starting quarterback when they take the field on Saturday.

Watson had missed the past three games with a hand injury. Senior Cole Stoudt, anointed the starter at the beginning of the season, manned the ship in Watson’s abscence, completing 100-of-155 passes for 938 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions in wins over Louisville, Boston College, Syracuse and Wake Forest.

Watson was injured early in Clemson’s 23-17 defeat of Louisville back on Oct. 11.

The freshman was one of the nation’s most efficient passers before his absence. For the year, Watson has connected on 75-of-112 passes for 1,176 yards with 12 touchdowns against just a pair of interceptions. His 186.9 quarterback rating would lead the nation if he had enough attempts to qualify. (Marcus Mariota leads the nation at 184.56.)

For the year, Stoudt actually leads Clemson in passing, but he’s needed twice the attempts (224 to 112) to throw for only 249 more yards.

Winners of six straight since losing in overtime at Florida State in September, No. 18 Clemson will meet No. 24 Georgia Tech Saturday at noon ET on ESPN.

Utah State player upgraded to fair condition after collapse

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Utah State redshirt freshman wide receiver Josh Davis is in fair condition on Friday, one day after collapsing at spring football practice following sudden cardiac arrest, the university announced.

Davis, initially was listed in critical condition, was breathing on his own. He is in the intensive-care unit at McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden, Utah.

Davis’ parents arrived in Utah on Thursday evening.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Davis, who is from Carlsbad, California, collapsed at Merlin Olsen Field and was immediately treated by the training staff, the university said. He was taken to Logan Regional Hospital.

The university said Davis was stabilized in the Logan hospital before being moved to Ogden.

Alabama suspends freshman defensive back after drug arrest

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama freshman defensive back Tony Mitchell has been suspended from the team following his arrest on a drug charge.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban said Monday after the first practice of spring that Mitchell was suspended from the team “and all team activities until we gather more information about the situation and what his legal circumstance is.”

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mitchell and another man, Christophere Lewis, last week on a charge of possession of marijuana with the intent to sell or deliver, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Lewis also was charged with carrying a concealed gun without a permit.

“Everybody’s got an opportunity to make choices and decisions,” Saban said. “There’s no such thing as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. You’ve gotta be responsible for who you’re with, who you’re around and what you do, who you associate yourself with and the situations that you put yourself in. It is what it is, but there is cause and effect when you make choices and decisions that put you in bad situations.”

Mitchell, who is from Alabaster, Alabama, was a five-star prospect rated the 34th-best player and No. 3 safety in the 247Composite rankings.

Mitchell was driving the vehicle during a traffic stop. After deputies smelled marijuana, Mitchell picked up a baggie of marijuana from the passenger floorboard, according to the department’s Facebook post.

Sheriff’s deputies found “an additional significant amount of marijuana, a set of scales, a loaded handgun between the passenger seat and center console, and a large amount of cash,” according to the department’s Facebook post.