If spring practice so far is any indication, Kelly Bryant could be in for quite the quarterback battle.
Incoming freshman Trevor Lawrence, a 5-star product out of Georgia ranked as the No. 1 player by Rivals.com, is regarded as the main competitor to Bryant, Clemson’s starter under center last season.
Bryant took over for national champion quarterback Deshaun Watson and guided the Tigers to the College Football Playoff.
However, the addition of Lawrence has the Clemson coaching staff highly intrigued.
Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott raved about the dual-threat capabilities of the freshman to TigerNet.com.
“Obviously Trevor is getting better every single day,” Elliott told TigerNet. “The thing that you have to respect about him is he always explodes, you know never really gets rattled, you see a lot of these young quarterbacks in their first spring ball sometimes seem overwhelmed, they just haven’t quite seen that yet. Again, we’ve gone a little slower with the installation, but granted to him in the way that he prepares and doesn’t rattle.”
“His arm is as advertised,” Elliott said.
“What I saw today that he did good is when he ran,” he said. “You know he ran a couple plays, took off running and guys weren’t able to catch him. So, I think people underestimate his ability to run. I knew that he was a really good athlete, and obviously you don’t know how fast a guy is until he’s on your practice field and he’s running against competition that you see every day, and he was able to pull away from some guys and has a natural presence.”
It’ll be fascinating to see if the freshman can usurp the proven upperclassman. Regardless, it’s a good dilemma for Dabo Swinney to have heading into next season.
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