According to ESPN analyst Tom Luginbill, who recently covered the Clemson spring game for the network as a sideline analyst, Clemson fans everywhere are set to witness history in 2018 compliments of an incredibly talented quarterback room.
Clemson has Kelly Bryant returning as the starter from a College Football Playoff game along with former 5-star Hunter Johnson and former 3-star Chase Brice back as backups. That trio is joined by Trevor Lawrence, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018 and the best quarterback recruit in years by some estimations.
And Luginbill thinks it’s the greatest assembly of quarterbacking talent in Division I history.
“I think we have to have a lot of perspective here. I’m going to make this statement and it may sound wild, but that’s the best four quarterbacks I have ever seen compiled on one Division I roster at one time ever,” Luginbill said according to David Hood of TigerNet.com. “I’ve never seen four quarterbacks [like that]. They have the most intriguing and at the same time complicated quarterback dilemma. It’s a great problem to have.”
Luginbill is the son of former San Diego State coach Al Luginbill and he played quarterback himself, first at Georgia Tech and then at Eastern Kentucky before a brief Arena Football League career. He’s now the National Recruiting Director for ESPN, so he’s studied high school and collegiate talent in great detail, so those certainly aren’t comments to be taken lightly.
It’s purely conjecture right now and Clemson fans will undoubtedly want to see results before they buy into the idea that this is the best assembly of college quarterbacks ever, even with all the hype surrounding Lawrence. Especially when you consider that Heisman Trophy winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart shared a quarterback room at USC and that Maxwell winner Josh Heupel and Heisman winner Josh White did the same at Oklahoma (among others).
However, superlatives aside, Clemson clearly has an extremely talented group of quarterbacks and the program should be in extremely capable hands regardless of who wins the starting job.