For college football fans, DeShaun Watson and Derrick Henry could be forever linked. They were both Heisman finalists, and they were the faces of the two best teams in the country this season. But even before then, the two were both prep stars two hours away from each other — Watson in Gainesville and Henry in Yulee, Florida. You can understand how two players like that would have a kinship over their similar situations, and it seems they very much do.
Though the microphones didn’t catch what they were saying, Watson gave a clue afterwards:
Henry is likely off to the NFL after accomplishing everything a college player can accomplish during his junior season, but Watson has one more year to go. Henry will be motivated to show off his best self for the Draft, so Watson will be in good company as he prepares for another assault on the Heisman trophy and the national championship.
Clemson are the heavy favorites to enter next season as the No. 1-ranked team, and Watson is the reason why. Even though the Tigers lost to Alabama, Watson still showed himself to be a superstar, with 400 yards passing and four touchdowns to go with 73 rushing yards in the title game. Clemson fans, once they get over the crushing-yet-universal feeling of losing to ‘Bama, have a lot to be excited about next season.