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5 Schools Named Options For Clemson QB Transfer Kelly Bryant

Kelly Bryant throwing the football in warmups.

CLEMSON, SC - SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers warms up before the start of the Tigers' football game against the Furman Paladins at Clemson Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

Clemson's football program had some major quarterback news this week, as Dabo Swinney named true freshman Trevor Lawrence the Tigers' starter for today's game against Syracuse, prompting a transfer from veteran QB Kelly Bryant.

Bryant, a veteran starter for Clemson, decided to transfer out of the Tigers' program following the news of Lawrence being named the starter.

The dual-threat quarterback will surely have several of options on the transfer market. He can graduate and play right away for another school in 2019.

Where will Bryant be playing next season?

ESPN college football analyst Tim Tebow named a major SEC program an option for Bryant this morning. He thinks Auburn could be a good fit for Bryant, who would be a nice fit in the other Tigers' system.

Several other major programs have been mentioned, too. Bleacher Report listed these five programs as options for Bryant:

  • NC State
  • FAU
  • Syracuse
  • Penn State
  • Ole Miss

Bryant took the news hard earlier this week, which isn't very surprising. Bryant spoke to Manie Robinson of The Greenville News, and said that the choice felt like "a slap in the face."

“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.”

Situations like this are never easy, but it does seem like Dabo Swinney and Co. handled it as best as they could. By naming Lawrence the starter before Week 5, it gives Bryant the option to take a redshirt year and transfer, which he's doing.

We'll see where Bryant ends up in 2019. It's clear that there are going to be a lot of major programs interested in the dual-threat quarterback.