Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant took a lot of flak after his dud against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl in January, but he posted solid overall numbers in 2017. Bryant threw for 2,802 yards, ran for 665 more, and accounted for 24 touchdowns.
But this advanced stat is even more impressive. Bryant’s adjusted completion percentage — explained below — leads all returning ACC quarterbacks. Take a look:
Returning ACC QBs by adjusted completion percentage pic.twitter.com/gVxLWRPTgw
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Bryant’s raw completion percentage was 65.8, also a high mark.
The question: how important of a stat is this? Plenty of Bryant’s throws were checkdowns, and his 7.0 yards per attempt clip leaves something to be desired.
That’s why the Clemson quarterback situation is so fascinating. Bryant is good in plenty of areas, but clearly limited, and freshman Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 recruit in the nation according to the 247Sports composite rankings, might give the Tigers a higher ceiling.
This will be a fun battle to monitor once practices start back up.