Clemson Tigers

Watson's trip to Heisman Trophy stage bumpier than 2015

He doesn't flash that easygoing smile as frequently. His play gets scrutinized and picked apart more, because many of the folks who gushed about Deshaun Watson's game a season ago now focus on the overthrows and critical interceptions.

Still, Clemson's junior quarterback is back in the same spot — a Heisman Trophy finalist.

The journey this time has not been as smooth. He apologized in September after two closer-than-expected wins for not bringing the same joy into his game as he had the first two years. He's led prime-time, fourth-quarter comebacks against No. 16 Louisville and No. 12 Florida State and thrown three interceptions that helped Pitt pull off a stunning...