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MRI shows no serious damage to Gainesville QB Watson's knee

Senior suffered sprained MCL in state semifinal game

POSTED: December 18, 2013 4:17 p.m.

Gainesville High senior quarterback Deshaun Watson received good news this week when an MRI revealed that a knee injury he sustained late in the Class AAAAA state semifinal loss against Tucker will not affect the start of his college career at Clemson University.

The results showed that Watson suffered a sprained MCL, an injury that should heal within six weeks. Watson had the MRI Saturday in Gainesville and results came back on Monday.

Gainesville coach Bruce Miller, whose initial speculation about the nature of the injury turned out to be correct, was relieved to get the official diagnosis.

“It’s great news,” Miller said. “It’s a prayer that’s been answered.”

Watson said Wednesday he will wear a brace on his knee for 4-6 weeks and also do some physical therapy.

The only action the quarterback will miss is the Under Armour All-American Game, set for Jan. 2 in Tampa, Fla., but he will still travel to be part of the festivities reserved for many of the nation’s top senior high school players.

Watson led the Red Elephants to the program’s first GHSA state title in 2012 and completed his high school career as the state’s all-time leading passer with 13,135 yards. No other player in the state has ever reached the 10,000-yard mark.

He will enroll at Clemson University on Jan. 5 and be ready to take the field for the Tigers’ spring practice in April, Miller said.

Watson is expected to compete to replace outgoing senior Tajh Boyd as the Tigers’ starting quarterback next season.


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