Clemson football fans have been calling for a change at starting quarterback for a couple of weeks now. The Tigers' starter, senior Kelly Bryant, has been playing well and the team is undefeated, but it's hard to deny the talent that is five-star freshman Trevor Lawrence.
Lawrence played extremely well this past weekend and the talk of him being the starter moving forward began to heat up.
Today, Clemson made the move official. A starting quarterback change is happening.
Clemson officially announced this morning that Lawrence, the No. 1 QB recruit in the 2018 class, will be starting on Saturday against Syracuse.
Lawrence has simply been too good to keep on the sideline. The pro-style QB prospect looks like a future No. 1 overall pick.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney has been honest about the situation from the start. He said before the season that a change would be made if it became obvious.
“If something changes, we’ll all see it,” Swinney said of his QBs before the season began. “Everybody will have a front-row seat to see it.”
Well, we've all seen it. Lawrence has out-played Bryant through the season's first four games. The former five-star recruit has provided a spark for Clemson's offense in each of his appearances for the Tigers so far.
Lawrence said he's been making a lot of progress early in the year.
“When I first got to college, I tried to do that a little too much and tried to squeeze some throws in there at practice that, obviously, I learned from,” Lawrence told reporters. “I’m still confident in my arm, though. I still felt like I could squeeze it in there (to Renfrow), and it worked out.”
Lawrence will now be starting under center for the College Football Playoff favorites on Saturday against Syracuse. The five-star recruit's era is officially beginning.
It'll now be interesting to see what happens with Bryant moving forward. His dual-threat ability can still be a weapon for Clemson's offense, but he surely won't be happy with the decision to bench him.
Clemson and Syracuse are set to kick off at noon on Saturday. The game will be on ABC.