If No. 1 Clemson is going to win at No. 4 Notre Dame next Saturday, it will have to do so without star quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19 this week and missed today’s game against Boston College. After the win, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney officially ruled Lawrence out for next weekend’s game against the Fighting Irish.
The Heisman hopeful QB is reportedly experiencing mild symptoms, and the ACC mandates a 10-day isolation period for any player who tests positive for COVID-19. However, that’s not the reason why Lawrence has already been declared out for the Notre Dame game.
As The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman notes, the cardiac protocols are what makes it impossible for Lawrence to play one week from today. The screening and clearance won’t be done in time.
Dabo's comments about Trevor Lawrence being ruled out for next week's game at ND are due to the expectation that Lawrence's cardiac screening that is required by the ACC after the isolation process would not be complete in time for him to be ready to go vs. the Irish.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) October 31, 2020
Fortunately for Dabo, his insurance policy for Trevor Lawrence is better than most teams’ first-string options. Five-star freshman D.J. Uiagalelei was impressive this afternoon in his first career start.
Uiagalelei completed 30-of-41 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns and added a rushing touchdown to help lead the Tigers back from a 28-10 second quarter deficit. Clemson wound up holding off BC, 34-28.
Clemson-Notre Dame will kick off at 7:30 p.m. ET next Saturday on NBC.