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Dabo Swinney Addresses Transfer Rumors 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 was told by Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney on Monday that he was losing his starting quarterback job to true freshman Trevor Lawrence. The five-star freshman will be starting on Saturday against Syracuse.

Bryant, a senior, understandably took the news pretty hard. Swinney told reporters today that he gave the quarterback the day off.

Transfer rumors began to swirl for Bryant, as the new redshirt rule would allow him to keep a year of eligibility and play somewhere else in 2019 since he's only played in four games.

Swinney, though, says he does not expect Bryant to transfer.

"Dabo says Kelly Bryant did not indicate yesterday that he would want to transfer. He says it was a really emotional day and gave Kelly the day off from practice," Grace Raynor tweeted.

Dabo added that both quarterbacks will probably continue to play. He believes Bryant can still help this team win. “He’s already helped us win, and he’s going to continue to help us win.”

Clemson and Syracuse are set to kick off at noon on ABC.