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#CFBTop25: No. 2, Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson

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Deshaun Watson entered the 2015 season with questions about his health and durability following an injury plagued freshman season in 2014. Watson exceeded expectations, earning ACC Player of the Year honors in leading Clemson to the College Football Playoff championship game against Alabama, in which he put forth a stellar effort in defeat.

CFB 24/7 is marking the days to the start of the 2016 season by counting down the top 25 players in college football.

Like Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, many are left to wonder what Watson can do for an encore. NFL scouts will be closely monitoring Watson's development as a passer this year.

Pulling back the curtain on the vote


Watson earned votes from all seven CFB 24/7 experts, including four first-place votes. In CFB 24/7's "16 for '16" series, Watson was rated No. 1 on the top Heisman Trophy contenders list.

What some of our analysts are saying about Watson


"Watson showed an ability to elevate his game in big situations and proved he could beat defenses with his arm or legs. With even more weapons at his disposal, he should crush it in 2016." -- Lance Zierlein

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"Watson is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback and he's shown the ability to completely take over a football game." -- Daniel Jeremiah

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"Most explosive dual-threat QB in football directs a high-powered offense that should produce plenty of fireworks." -- Bucky Brooks

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"The game's most dynamic player can shred defenses from in or out of the pocket, and is primed for a Heisman Trophy push. There isn't a player more valuable to his team in the country." -- Chase Goodbread

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"If the Tigers make it back to the playoff, it will be on the arm, and legs, of this poised, productive and exciting player. If you have any doubts about his talent, ask the 2015 Alabama defense." -- Charles Davis

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"A leader, an arm, and an athlete. What more could you want?" -- Chad Reuter

Where do fans rank Watson?


We asked Twitter users who they considered the best player in college football. Watson earned enough votes to finish second in the fan vote. His performance in the national championship game against Alabama likely solidified the quarterback's standing in fans' minds.

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