Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced his decision to transfer earlier today. Bryant will redshirt this season and be immediately eligible elsewhere as a graduate transfer in 2019.
He should have no shortage of programs interested in him. Bryant has started the last 18 games for the Tigers and has led a team to the ACC title and the College Football Playoff.
Trevor Lawrence might have the higher ceiling and be the better play for Clemson right now, but Bryant is a capable FBS quarterback.
Tanner Nestle of BadgerofHonor has proposed the possibility of Bryant enrolling at Wisconsin. While Nestle acknowledges that current starter Alex Hornibrook will be back next year and highly-rated recruit Graham Mertz will be arriving, he cites Bryant's skill set as a major reason the Badgers should be interested.
Bryant is a true dual-threat quarterback. Last year he threw for only 2,802 yards and 13 touchdowns, but he ran for 665 yards and 11 more scores on the ground. He’s not a bad passer though. Last season he completed over 65% of his passes and so far this year he has completed 66%.
With Wisconsin’s history of playing great defense and being able to run the ball effectively, it seems like it’s always just a strong quarterback away from competing for a national title. The closest the Badgers have come to such glory was with Russell Wilson in 2011 and Alex Hornibrook last year.
In our opinion, Bryant and Wisconsin doesn't seem like a natural fit. Hornibrook is in his third season as a starter and has improved each year. Bryant is good and his legs would add a different dimension to the Badgers' offense, but are we sure he'd win the job?
More than likely, Bryant will head to a program that has a clear opening at the QB position. He's clearly looking to maximize his playing time in his final collegiate season.
Which program proves to be the best fit remains to be seen.