Panthers’ Cam Newton mentoring Clemson’s Deshaun Watson

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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson has found himself utterly a manager in Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Long before Watson became arguably a biggest star in college football, he and the 2015 NFL MVP struck adult a loyalty that has been a durability one, Watson pronounced Friday during ACC Football Kickoff Day 2.

“Me and Cam are really close. we had a eventuality and payoff to accommodate him my youth year in high propagandize personification for his 7-on-7 team. Ever given then, we usually became tighten friends,” Watson said. “We promulgate all a time, texts, calls. He gives me good recommendation off a field, revelation me to stay loyal to who we am, listen to a coaching staff and buy into a process. Don’t get dreaming with outward things.”

Newton was a relations different before to his usually deteriorate as a starter during Auburn, so he hasn’t accurately stood in Watson’s boots where preseason hype and expectations are endangered in college football. Still, a dual positively have some things in common. Both are dynamic, dual-threat quarterbacks, both fell usually brief on a championship theatre final year, and — as we schooled progressing this week — both have a unwavering respect of Alabama manager Nick Saban.

Here are 6 other things we schooled from a ACC Football Kickoff eventuality on Friday:

2. Star power. FSU’s Jimbo Fisher didn’t reason behind when asked about a strength of a ACC, quite when it comes top-shelf talent.

“This is a good league. I’ve coached in other leagues. we know what they are. This is good football, good players. Name me a joining that has 3 bigger stars entrance behind than Dalvin Cook, Deshaun Watson and Brad Kaaya,” Fisher said.

OK, coach. We’ll give it a shot — here are some other possibilities:

SEC: Leonard Fournette, Myles Garrett, Jonathan Allen.

Pac-12: Christian McCaffrey, Adoree’ Jackson, Josh Rosen.

Big 12: Baker Mayfield, Patrick Mahomes, Samaje Perine.

Big Ten: Jabrill Peppers, J.T. Barrett, Desmond King.

3. Finishing strong. When NFL scouts excavate into diversion film on Louisville pass rusher Devonte Fields’ 2015 season, they’ll notice a large disproportion in his play from a commencement of a year to a end. The reason? Cardinals manager Bobby Petrino pronounced Fields struggled early since a send didn’t join a module until a day before tumble stay began and wasn’t primarily in good shape.

“He got really sore, his physique ached, he pennyless down a small bit. It took him awhile to get back,” Petrino said. “He hadn’t played in awhile, so his instincts and abilities were rusty. He usually got improved and improved any week. The final 6 weeks of a season, he was as widespread a actor as we’ve had a oppulance to coach.”

Indeed, of Fields’ 11 sacks, 8.5 of those came over a final 4 games of a year. Petrino pronounced a former TCU star will be primed for rise opening to start his comparison year.


4. Cook creates a claim. While Fournette competence be regarded as a best using back in a college game, don’t ask FSU RB Dalvin Cook to concur a point.

“I am. I’m assured we am,” Cook told ESPNU when asked if he was a nation’s tip back. Given that a Seminoles’ whole starting descent line earnings this fall, an area where LSU has some re-tooling to do, Cook usually competence have a improved box by season’s end.

5. Bulked up. Last month, NFL Media researcher Daniel Jeremiah’s “First Look” scouting news on Watson suggested a Tigers star, formed on diversion film from 2015, indispensable to put on some size. Consider that box already checked. Watson combined 16 pounds in a offseason and will enter his youth year during 218 pounds, according to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson.

6. Growing support. Count FSU’s Jimbo Fisher among a supporters for Alabama manager Nick Saban’s push to establish an underclassman scouting combine. Like Saban, Fisher believes it would assistance yield a some-more accurate breeze evaluation, according to ESPN’s Jared Shanker.

7. Williams ready. Anticipation is high for Clemson WR Mike Williams, who is returning from a neck damage as a Tigers’ tip receiver. “He’s a weird athlete. Loves to work. Loves to compete. He’s going to make a people around him better,” Watson said, per Adelson. Swinney pronounced Williams, who pulled in 1,030 receiving yards in 2014, looked “outstanding” in open practice.

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread.

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