Clemson has a stacked quarterback room heading into the 2018 season, but at least one player, Zerrick Cooper, has acknowledged the possibility of a transfer.
Zerrick Cooper served as one of the two main back-ups to starter Kelly Bryant this fall. He was 25-for-41 for 256 yards and two touchdowns this season, appearing in the team's games against Kent State, Auburn, Wake Forest, Syracuse, The Citadel, South Carolina, and Miami.
Of course, Bryant is back next year, as is former five-star recruit Hunter Johnson who also saw time this fall. Another five-star quarterback, top recruit Trevor Lawrence, joins the program as well, further complicating the Clemson QB situation.
Matt Connolly of The State spoke to Clemson's quarterbacks about their outlooks on next year. Johnson says he has no plans to transfer. Cooper doesn't sound like it is an impending decision either, but at least acknowledged it as a possibility.
“We pretty much don’t look at it as competition. We all want to be the starting quarterback. At the same time we have a bond that we cheer each other on, have fun, stuff like that. We still kick it together and everything that we should do on and off the field. We just have fun together.”
Cooper did not seem as certain about returning to the Tigers but was not ready to make a decision when he was in New Orleans.
“If God’s calling me to leave then so be it,” Cooper said. “But right now I’m just focusing on the season and finishing.”
Those quotes from Zerrick Cooper reportedly come from before the Sugar Bowl loss to Alabama, so it is unclear whether anything will change now that the season is officially over.
There may not be a more interesting upcoming spring football storyline in the country than the Clemson quarterback battle, with an established starter coming off of a run to the College Football Playoff and two young blue-chip guys involved.