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ESPN Predicts Clemson's Starting Quarterback In 2018

Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after his team scores a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium.

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 25: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after his team scores a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Here's who ESPN likes to win the Tigers' starting quarterback battle.

ESPN college football writer Mark Schlabach has made 10 "bold" predictions for the 2018 college football season.

One of those predictions is a prediction for Clemson's quarterback position. Who's going to be starting under center for Dabo Swinney's squad next fall?

The easy answer is Kelly Bryant. The will-be senior passed for more than 2,800 yards and rushed for more than 600 yards while leading the Tigers to the College Football Playoff.

ESPN, though, sees another quarterback winning the job.

Schlabach has incoming freshman Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the country, taking over.

From ESPN:

Bryant, a rising senior, will have a difficult time holding off Lawrence, an incoming freshman and early enrollee, who is ranked the No. 1 pocket passer and No. 2 player overall in the ESPN 300. Lawrence, from Cartersville, Georgia, is 6-foot-6 and 209 pounds. He has been described as a "once-in-a-generation kind of player," kind of like the last Clemson quarterback from Georgia: Deshaun Watson.

Lawrence has enrolled early at Clemson and will almost surely compete for that starting quarterback spot. The 6-foot-6, 208-pound pro-style quarterback is the No. 1 overall recruit in the country, too.