With the return of Tajh Boyd the only major question at quarterback in 2013 is who will back Boyd up.
Junior Cole Stoudt will participate in his third spring game in April and has two full seasons and 171 mostly meaningless snaps under his belt.
Not listed is redshirt Chad Kelly, who many expect to beat out Stoudt for the backup job and seems to be more suited to the Chad Morris offense than the tall, lanky Stoudt.
This will be an interesting story line to follow during the spring, summer and into the fall to see whether the staff opts to continue to prepare and develop Stoudt or begin the process of initiating Kelly to assume the starting position in 2014.
The backup battle also may have long-term consequences on whomever loses the battle. After two years at second team, how would Stoudt take being demoted to 3rd team and face being a backup throughout his career? Not having used his redshirt year to date, there are multiple options available to Stoudt if this scenario developed.
On the other hand, one would suspect that Kelly didn’t come to Clemson to be a third string quarterback and assuming he doesn’t see significant time in 2013 how would Kelly feel about going into 2014 competing with Stoudt and any other quarterbacks in camp? By that time it would be more than 2 years since Kelly saw meaningful snaps in a game and 20 year olds are rarely known for their patience.