Clemson QB Watson apologizes to fans for ‘negative energy’

Deshaun Watson
FILE - In this Nov. 7, 2015, file photo, Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson throws a pass during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida State in Clemson, S.C. Calm and confident without being flashy, Watson’s style led the Tigers to their first 12-0 season since 1981 _ and a chance to accomplish much more. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro, File)

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) – Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson has apologized to Tigers’ fans for his “negative energy” that he believes has contributed to the team’s sluggish start on offense.

Watson said he spoke with quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter on Sunday night and head coach Dabo Swinney on Monday morning about re-focusing his attitude to more of the fun-loving, care-free vibe he brought to the Tigers in his freshman and sophomore seasons.

The quarterback was not apologizing for his play in Clemson’s 2-0 start, but for his role in not fully appreciating the opportunity he has to play for the Tigers. Watson says tha appreciation “just kind of got away from me for a little bit with all the attention that I’ve gotten.”

Fifth-ranked Clemson hosts FCS opponent South Carolina State on Saturday.

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