Cole Stoudt learns patience from QB father Cliff in chasing Clemson starting job

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Cole Stoudt didn’t grow antsy or angry during his three years backing up Clemson record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd. After all, Stoudt had a strong model of patience at home in his father Cliff, a former Pittsburgh Steelers passer stuck behind NFL great Terry Bradshaw.

The younger Stoudt won the Tigers quarterback job coming out of spring workouts, although coach Dabo Swinney says freshman Deshaun Watson will have a chance to compete for the spot once fall camp starts up in August.

That’s fine with Stoudt, who says he has learned to bide his time and do what is asked by his father.

“The quarterback position is not always a lifetime contract. You’ve got to go in there, and you’ve always got to perform,” Cole Stoudt says.

Stoudt says he has watched Boyd closely the past three seasons and tried to learn how to lead the Tigers. But Stoudt says he will act like himself and not mimic others.

“I’ve just got to be me. Show up with a positive attitude every day and do the best I can,” he said. “Build positive relationships with guys on the team and make people better in my way.”

The Stoudt way is staying the course, no matter what is in your way.

It’s why Cole didn’t flinch in January 2013 when Boyd, a promising NFL prospect, said he’d return for his senior season instead of leaving for the pros – and returning Cole to Clemson clipboard status for one more year.

“I thought, ‘All right, it’s going to be another great year,’ ” Stoudt recalled. “I never thought about leaving. I love this place too much.”

Stoudt has completed nearly 73 percent of his throws (86 of 117) at Clemson with eight TDs and one interception.

OBITUARY: Former Auburn player David Langner, who starred in one of the most memorable games in Iron Bowl history, has died. He was 62.

Former Auburn teammate Mac Lorendo said Langner died early Saturday morning after battling cancer.

Bill Newton blocked two punts in the final minutes of the 1972 game with previously unbeaten Alabama, and Langner returned both for touchdowns.

The Tigers won 17-16 in what became known as the “Punt Bama Punt” game.

SEAHAWKS: Hired former Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland as a pre-draft consultant, according to multiple media reports.

Ireland and the Dolphins parted ways on Jan. 7, ending his six-year stint with the team.

It is unclear whether Ireland will remain with the Seahawks beyond May 10, the last day of this year’s draft. Fox Sports reported earlier Saturday that Seattle had hired Ireland.

COWBOYS: Free agent defensive end Anthony Spencer re-signed with the team, according to his Dallas-based agent, Jordan Woy. Woy announced via Twitter that Spencer reached a one-year deal with the team. Financial terms were not disclosed.


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