Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence started the 2018 season riding the bench behind Kelly Bryant. But he'll be starting the 2019 season on the Heisman Trophy shortlist.
Ahead of his sophomore season for the Tigers, Lawrence has reportedly been improving in the offseason. In a recent interview, head coach Dabo Swinney pointed to how his quarterback will look different in 2019.
Speaking to SiriusXM's ACC Radio, Swinney revealed that Lawrence has been hitting the gym, and and has seen his measurables go up. As a result, Lawrence should have a different body type than the wiry frame he sported last year.
"Just his composition is very different,” Swinney said. “I mean, his weight. He’s strong. He’s fast. All of his explosive measurables are up. I’m just really proud of him and how he’s grinded in that weight room to get his body in the best possible shape that it could be.”
Swinney also pointed out that Lawrence has taken on more of a leadership role. He added that Lawrence has earned the respect of his teammates.
"Physically, he’s really matured, but then mentally as well,” Swinney said. “This time last year it was just trying to get out there and trying to prove it... He’s just very confident. We needed him to assert himself as a leader, and he has asserted himself as the leader. What an awesome job he’s done in becoming the leader of this team. Everyone has great respect for Trevor, and he’s earned that.”
Trevor Lawrence took over as starting quarterback in Week 5 last season, and led the Tigers to a 15-0 finish. In the process, Clemson won the ACC title, the Cotton Bowl over Notre Dame, and the national title game over Alabama.
He finished the season with 3,280 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, and only four interceptions.
A bigger, stronger, more vocal Lawrence will be quite a sight to behold in 2019.