There’s a good old fashion quarterback controversy in Clemson.
Incumbent starter Kelly Bryant helped the Tigers win 12 games last season, but incoming freshman Trevor Lawrence was the No. 1 overall prospect in the entire 2018 recruiting class and looked very impressive in the spring game, throwing a 50-yard touchdown. Who to start is not an easy decision, and the competition could linger deep into the summer.
Actually, coach Dabo Swinney says it could last even longer.
“Regardless of where we are today, we’ve got a long way to go before we play in September, and no matter what happens in September I don’t think the competition’s just going to end,” Swinney said according to The State. “I think we’ve got guys on the roster that are going to be driven each and every day to either be the guy or beat the guy out or make the guy better or whatever it may be.”
In the spring game, Lawrence went 11 of 16 for 122 yards, including the 50-yard score. Meanwhile, Bryant really struggled, completing just 8 of 15 passes for 35 yards. Bryant seemed nervous or too hyped up on adrenaline, as he missed multiple open receivers down field with each throw sailing over their heads.
The quarterback competition is mostly between Kelly and Lawrence, but sophomore Hunter Johnson and redshirt freshman Chase Brice are also loosely involved. On Monday, ESPN college football analyst Tom Luginbill called the Tigers quarterback room the best collection of four quarterbacks on a college roster ever.