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Nick Saban: Deshaun Watson Most ‘Dominant’ Player Alabama Has Faced Since Cam Newton

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Alabama head coach Nick Saban says Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is the most dominant player Alabama has faced since Auburn’s Cam Newton in 2010.


Alabama head coach Nick Saban has faced some great players during his coaching career, so when he calls someone dominant, you listen.

Speaking on Tuesday, Saban had some big words for Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, who came close to leading the Tigers over the Crimson Tide in last season’s College Football Playoff National Championship game.

“That guy [Watson] is the most significantly dominant player that we’ve played against since Cam Newton in 2010,” Saban said.

Watson had a big game against the Tide in the title game, throwing for 405 yards and four touchdowns while also rushing for 73 yards against one of the best defenses in the nation.

Luckily for Saban, his team was able to outscore Watson’s team 45-40 to bring home the title. He didn’t have as much luck in 2010 against Newton.

After being up 24-0 in the first half and the Alabama defense shutting down the future Heisman Trophy winner and NFL MVP, Newton turned to another level in the second half. Auburn would eventually walk out of Bryant-Denny Stadium 28-27 winners and go on to win the BCS National Championship.

This recent comment just adds to the praise that Saban has stated for Watson during the offseason interview rounds. Last week at SEC Media Days, Saban spoke on the Clemson quarterback.

“This guy [Watson] can run, he can throw, he can scramble, extend plays, very accurate as a passer,” Saban said. “Very well coached. “


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