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Tim Tebow Names Surprise Transfer Option For QB Kelly Bryant

Kelly Bryant of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship.

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Kelly Bryant has decided to transfer out of Clemson's football program following Dabo Swinney's decision to name true freshman Trevor Lawrence the starter for this afternoon's game against Syracuse.

It was a somewhat surprising decision, though there had been calls for Lawrence, a former five-star recruit, to take over during the first couple of weeks of the season.

Swinney was emotional while speaking to reporters about the decision, as it led to a transfer from Bryant, the veteran starter.

ESPN college football analyst Tim Tebow was "proud" of Bryant for making the tough decision. He can take a redshirt this season and then play elsewhere in 2019.

Bryant said the decision to name Lawrence the starter kind of felt like a "slap in the face" while speaking to the Greenville News:

“They asked me how I felt about it,” Bryant said, recalling his meeting with Swinney. “I was like, ‘I’m not discrediting Trevor. He’s doing everything asked of him, but on my side of it, I feel like I haven't done anything to not be the starter. I've been here. I've waited my turn. I've done everything y’all have asked me to do, plus more.’

“I've never been a distraction. I've never been in trouble with anything. To me, it was kind of a slap in the face.”

Bryant said he had to do what he felt was best for him.

“I feel like it's what's best for me and my future,” Bryant said. “I was just going to control what I could control and try to make the most of my opportunity, but at the end of the day, I just don't feel like I’ve gotten a fair shot.”

So, where will Bryant be transferring in 2019? Several major programs have been mentioned.

Tebow mentioned a surprising one on SportsCenter this morning.

The ESPN college football analyst has named Auburn a good option for Bryant. He thinks Bryant would be a great fit in the other Tigers' system. addressed that idea in a recent story:

Would it make sense?

"It depends on what Kelly Bryant's goals are," said Phil Savage, the Arizona GM of the Alliance League and former executive director of the Senior Bowl. "If he wants to expand his resume, he needs to go to a place where he is running more of a traditional pro-style offense.

"If he went to Auburn, he could absolutely be a dangerous weapon because we know the Gus Malzahn offense is at its best when the quarterback can be a ball carrier like we saw with Nick Marshall and Cam Newton."

Bryant's dual-threat abilities could play very well in Auburn's offensive system. However, as notes, Auburn might not be the best place for Bryant if he's hoping to become an NFL quarterback.

This likely isn't a decision that's going to be made quickly. Bryant has plenty of time to take a look at all of his options. It's possible he won't decide on a transfer destination until after the 2018 season, so he gets a clearer picture of what teams' quarterback situations are like heading into the 2019 year.

Clemson, meanwhile, is set to take on Syracuse at Memorial Stadium this afternoon. Kickoff is set for noon on ABC.