With the loss of Chad Kelly, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and quarterbacks coach Chad Morris were in the market for more help at quarterback for this season. They have found their man in former Irmo quarterback David Olson (6-3 220), who just graduated from Stanford, where he was reserve for the Cardinal. Olson visited Clemson on Wednesday with his parents and accepted the offer from Swinney to join the Tigers for his final season of eligibility.
“I’m happy to be home and going to Clemson. My family is going to have a chance to watch me play. I looked at a number of places. This visit to Clemson, everything felt right about it and it's a pretty good situation to come into. I’m excited to be a part of the Clemson program and family. There were a lot of good things I couldn’t pass up.”
Passing is what Olson did well his senior season in high school. He threw for 1,857 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for five more scores. He was a career backup at Stanford and played in one game in his career. But his lack of game action, he says, won't prevent him from being productive at Clemson.
“I’ve been practicing and preparing to be the starter every year I’ve been at Stanford. You have to have the mentality, and that’s something I’ll carry to Clemson.”
The Tigers have a clear starter going into the season in Cole Stoudt and freshman Deshaun Watson is set as the backup. Olson is aware of the current pecking order at quarterback and is looking forward to the challenge of earning snaps.
“Coach Swinney and coach (Brad) Scott said they both watched my film and I can play, and they felt I would be a good fit for the program and the team,” Olson said. “They offered me a spot, they are short on quarterbacks and whatever I can win, I can win. I’m willing to go in there and compete given no promises at all. I'm real excited about it.”
Olson will start classes at Clemson on May 14t for the first summer session.