Brandon Streeter looks similar to when he was starting quarterback for Clemson in 1998 and 1999, seasons when the Tigers had a combined 9-14.
However, things are changing now. Streeter is a middle-aged father with children, a career, and a house. He is not the quarterback at Clemson, but their quarterback’s coach. In December 2014 he joined the coaching staff. Since coming aboard, he has helped Deshaun Watson, Tigers’ two-time Heisman Trophy finalist.
Clemson has been 28-2 during the two seasons. After defeating Alabama 35-31 for the first time in 35 years on Monday, the Tigers are now national champions.
Streeter says he knew it was going to happen; it was just a matter of time.
That kind of faith allowed him to talk confidently with Watson when victory seemed out of Clemson’s grasp Monday night.
The game transformed into a shootout in the fourth quarter when Clemson took the lead. With under five minutes remaining, they scored two touchdowns, taking their first lead of the game. However, Streeter thought that there was still more to do.
Streeter says he knew there was a good chance they would have to go back out there. So they talked to everybody, calming them down.
Sure enough, Alabama (14-1) responded with their best drive of the game, taking back the lead and giving Clemson only 2 minutes 7 seconds to make up a 3-point deficit.
Watson completed six of his eight passes for 50 yards on the next drive, peaking in a 2-yard touchdown pass with only one second left. Watson threw for 3 touchdowns and 420 yards against the best defense college football has.
Alabama’s defensive lineman, Jonathan Allen, said he never felt the sense that Watson was rattled, adding that he is a great competitor.
The game came to and end, after reviewing a Clemson onside kick, exactly like the game changer for Alabama last year. Tigers players began storming the field, only to be ordered back to the sidelines by the refs so that offense could run one final play.