Trevor Lawrence was unbelievable down the stretch for Clemson last year as a freshman, leading the Tigers to a second national championship under Dabo Swinney. He has already been all-but-penciled in for the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Not everyone is ready to fully anoint the talented signal caller out of Georgia. Clemson is 2-0 and putting it on Syracuse right now, but Lawrence hasn’t looked super sharp this year thus far.
Moments ago, he threw an interception that looked like it might help Syracuse back in the game. Down 17-6, Orange QB Tommy DeVito gave it right back moments later, bailing Lawrence out.
After Amari Rodgers housed a short pass, Clemson leads 24-6. You can put this one more on Lawrence’s receivers and teammates on defense so far, though.
Jim Nagy, the executive director of the Senior Bowl and an ESPN NFL Draft analyst, is very impressed with the Clemson quarterback’s tools. However, he thinks the crazy hype for the sophomore is a bit overboard at this point.
The anointing of Trevor Lawrence was so premature and, honestly, unfair to him. All the talk of him sitting out next year to avoid injury is utter nonsense. He certainly has all the tools, but as talented as he is, this kid needs plenty of development. He is pressing right now.
— Jim Nagy (@JimNagy_SB) September 15, 2019
Entering the day, Trevor Lawrence’s completion percentage was down from last season, as was his yards per attempt (7.5 in 2019, 8.3 in 2019). He’s completed 14-of-27 passes vs. Syracuse, and with two scores and a pick, has four touchdowns and four interceptions on the year.
Lawrence may not have a huge challenge between now and the College Football Playoff, which could help him bolster his numbers a bit, but if he doesn’t find the sharpness that helped Clemson go all the way last season, the post-season could be a huge wake-up call with potential foes like Alabama and Georgia waiting in the wings.