One of the top teams in college football decided that it was time to replace their Senior QB with a Freshman. This team is Clemson of course, with the QBs involved Kelly Bryant and Trevor Lawrence. Clemson has been seen as having one of the best offenses thus far, and many attributed it to the lethal 2 QB system that made it almost impossible for teams to gameplan against.
Kelly Bryant took the reigns at the start of the 2017 season after Deshaun Watson was drafted by the Houston Texans. Bryant had big shoes to fill, as Clemson had made it to the National Championship in each of Watson’s last 2 seasons with the team as well as winning 1 to cap off his illustrious collegiate career. Though he was unable to match the lofty numbers that Watson had left behind, he did manage to take the Tigers back to the College Football Playoff for the 3rd straight season. Bryant has had a rough start to this season and with a very good QB behind him, it was only a matter of time before Lawrence took the starting job.
This move was announced by coach Dabo Swinney at a Sunday press-conference. Bryant has decided to transfer from Clemson just days after learning of the change. Swinney admitted that the day he informed Bryant was “a bad day to be the head coach,” also mentioning that it was emotional and a tough conversation to have.
Trevor Lawrence is the man who will be replacing Kelly Bryant as the leader of this Clemson Tiger’s team, and he has definitely earned his spot as the top dog. He has started this year on fire, throwing for 600 yards on just 60 attempts and completing 65% of his passes. He also is currently sitting at a 4.5:1 TD to Interception Ratio. This move is in the best interest of the Tigers not just going forward in this season, but for the remainder of Lawrence’s time in Death Valley.
Bryant is the beneficiary of the reformed “red-shirt” rule in the NCAA, which allows players to red-shirt their year of eligibility, allowing them to continue their career, so long as they appear in less than 4 games. This is a very similar situation to Jalen Hurts at Alabama, and I’m looking forward to seeing where the two decide to finish their college careers. Bryant has given no insight into where he plans to transfer to.