Images of a nimble-footed, Heisman-hopeful quarterback running all over defenses while chucking NFL-worthy bombs will lead to an obvious comparison this season.
Doesn’t Clemson’s Deshaun Watson look like Cam Newton out there?
At least one Auburn assistant doesn’t think so. Wesley McGriff, the Tigers’ defensive backs coach, told AL.com‘s James Crepea that Newton is in a separate class.
“I don’t see it,” McGriff said. “You’re talking about two different types of football players.”
It’s not necessarily that McGriff thinks Watson isn’t worthy of being in the same conversation as the former Auburn star; He just decided a different comparison was more appropriate.
“I know (Watson’s) a tremendous athlete — you just don’t take that away — he’s very smart, very cerebral, takes care of the football,” McGriff said. “He can extend a play with his feet. He looks like, if you had to ask me ‘OK, Coach, pin him down to one guy,’ he kind of reminds you of Russell Wilson.”
Wilson, a Super Bowl champion who’s currently considered by many to be a Top 5 NFL quarterback, is about 3 inches shorter than Watson, who, in turn, is about 3 inches shorter than Newton.
Whomever the Clemson quarterback reminds Auburn of, it doesn’t change the fact that the SEC Tigers will need to devise a genius gameplan to get Watson (5,209 total yards last season) out of his groove on Saturday night (9 p.m. ET, ESPN).