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Clemson quarterbacks wearing cameras on helmets this spring

Rainier Ehrhardt / Associated Press
Dabo Sweeney will get to see what his quarterbacks are seeing on the field thanks to helmet cameras.

Ohio State has fitted injured quarterback Braxton Miller with a "cap cam" this spring. Clemson's quarterbacks will do Miller one better: They are wearing helmets fitted with a camera.

The rationale behind the cameras is the same at both schools: The quarterbacks "film" what they're seeing, and they later go over the video with the offensive coaches.

While Miller is a veteran, Clemson is looking for a new starter because three-year starter Tajh Boyd has moved on.

Senior Cole Stoudt, sophomore Chad Kelly and true freshman Deshaun Watson are vying for the Tigers' starting job. Stoudt -- whose dad, Cliff, was an NFL quarterback from 1977-89 -- has played in 22 career games and was the presumptive leader heading into spring practice. But Watson, a highly touted recruit who set all sorts of state high school records in Georgia and enrolled early, probably has the best skill set and highest upside of the contenders.

At the least, the camera should help coordinator Chad Morris get a read on whether his quarterbacks are looking where he wants them to look on every play.

Presumably, wide receivers could be fitted with these types of cameras soon, too. If you're a coach, seeing what a receiver is seeing would give you an idea of how well-versed they are in running their routes and in breaking down coverages. In addition, why not fit cornerbacks with the cameras? Secondary coaches could make sure the corners are seeing what they need to be seeing.

This type of technology probably makes some fans wonder when players will wear cameras during games. Not to be cynical, but that probably happens about five minutes after college athletic directors figure how to monetize it. We can see it now: Pay $75 for a seat, and for an extra $50, you get a video feed to your phone from the "quarterback cam."

Mike Huguenin can be reached at You also can follow him on Twitter @MikeHuguenin.



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