With Chad Kelly leaving Clemson, the Tigers had a vacancy for a quarterback with some experience to fill the void. Step forward David Olson of Stanford, who chose to transfer closer to home (S.C.) to play out his final year.
As Olson has already graduated, he will be eligible to play straight away, but where exactly he fits in the pecking order is open to debate. With Kelly gone, Cole Stoudt looks as close to being firmly entrenched as one can be in spring camp, and the Tigers will likely give DeShaun Watson as many backup reps as possible to prepare him for 2015.
As for calling Olson experienced, that’s also questionable. While being on the roster of a winning team for 4 years brings value, Olson only played in 1 game in those 4 years, against Washington State last season, and has never thrown a pass in a game, or even taken a knee. He’s also behind the rest of the quarterbacks with regards to familiarity with the offense, and he only has fall camp to make some noise.
Still, he does have an opportunity, and maybe playing in his own state will inspire him to the success of his high school years. Here’s his Stanford bio.