Clemson football head coach Dabo Swinney had a fiery response to a question about Trevor Lawrence while meeting with the media tonight.
Earlier this week, reports surfaced detailing an early-season injury to Lawrence’s shoulder. The report stated that Lawrence suffered a bruised shoulder in the win over Texas A&M and had an MRI.
Swinney was asked tonight to confirm the report. He would not.
Clemson’s head coach then went on a lengthy rant.
“No I’m not confirming any of that,” Swinney said, per 247Sports. “And I don’t want anybody texting me anymore. I had a media guy text me the other night. You know, that’s private information. That’s private information. If I want anybody to know our medical stuff, I’ll tell you. We’ll put it on the injury report. But people texting me on my phone to ask me information that’s not public information that I wouldn’t put out unless it’s something that needed to be put out– that’s bad business.
“There’s nothing wrong with Trevor. And I don’t like people trying to create drama. There’s no drama on this team. So what do people want to do? They want to create drama. It’s the most unbelievable thing. Ain’t nothing wrong with Trevor. Zero. Nothing. If we did an MRI, that ain’t nobody’s business. We do MRIs all the time. ALL the time. All the time. I mean a guy gets a bruise on his knee, we do an MRI. Guy bruises his elbow we do an MRI. It’s like we’ve got to find– it drives me crazy. There’s no drama on this team, so it’s like we’ve got to create some. ‘Oh, Trevor missed a throw. He must be hurt.’ No— he’s human. He’s human, alright.
Swinney then went on to say that Lawrence just had a bruise and was fine. He would not be playing if he wasn’t.
“So here’s what I’m ‘confirming’: Trevor Lawrence is a great football player. And a great leader. And there ain’t nothing wrong with him. He had a bruise. He had a bruise. If there was something wrong with him, would we be running him on the goal line? I mean he’s run great. There ain’t nothing wrong with him. If he missed a throw, it’s because he missed a throw. Period. He’s not whatever– all these people need to relax. He’s a human. And he’s met every expectation. We are 5-0 and he’s done a great job.”
There has been a lot of talk about Lawrence’s play so far this season. The sophomore quarterback, projected by many to go No. 1 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft, hasn’t quite lived up to the hype. Perhaps some of this could be attributed to him not being 100 percent.
Alas, Swinney won’t be having any of this talk.
Clemson is 5-0 heading into Saturday’s game against Florida State. The Tigers, No. 2 in the latest polls, are in line for another berth into the College Football Playoff. No one in the ACC seems to be capable of taking them down this year.