It will be a compelling QB battle at Clemson this offseason.
Fresh off a third-straight ACC title and College Football Playoff appearance, Clemson could be entering a new era at quarterback.
Kelly Bryant, this year’s starter, returns as a senior. Bryant threw for 2,802 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 665 yards and 11 scores in 2017, but he faces some stiff competition. Backup Hunter Johnson, a former five-star recruit, is back in the fold, and five-star Trevor Lawrence is coming in as a true freshman.
ESPN’s Mark Schlabach feels it will be Lawrence winning the job when all is said and done.
Bryant, a rising senior, will have a difficult time holding off Lawrence, an incoming freshman and early enrollee, who is ranked the No. 1 pocket passer and No. 2 player overall in the ESPN 300. Lawrence, from Cartersville, Georgia, is 6-foot-6 and 209 pounds. He has been described as a “once-in-a-generation kind of player,” kind of like the last Clemson quarterback from Georgia: Deshaun Watson.
Schlabach’s forecast of Lawrence winning the job was part of his 10 bold predictions for 2018 piece.
You can read all of those predictions here.