Clemson has a interesting situation when it comes to who might see the most time at quarterback in 2018.
Kelly Bryant, after waiting in the wings as Deshaun Watson’s backup, emerged as the Tigers starter in 2017 and led them to their third straight College Football Playoff appearance. Hunter Johnson performed well during his few appearances during the season. Then there’s Trevor Lawrence, the highly regarded recruit who has pleased coach Dabo Swinney and the staff during spring workouts. Don’t forget Chase Brice, a freshman coming off a redshirt season.
The challenge for Clemson, though, is deciding who will give it the best chance to claim the program’s second national championship in four years. A possibility is going to a “quarterback-by-committee” style of play, during which multiple players could see the field.
But when asked after Friday’s practice about the likelihood of that happening, offensive coordinator Jeff Scott humorously declined to answer.
Scott asked if bc there's 4 QBs Clemson thinks it can win with, will there be any hesitation to play multiple in a single game. "Y'all are trying to get me on a Friday. I wanna go home, watch the Masters on Saturday, & I'm going to Augusta on Sunday. I'm looking forward to that."
— Anna Hickey (@AnnaH247) April 6, 2018
The quarterback decision will be agonizing for Swinney, Scott and the rest of the staff throughout the offseason. Bryant holds an immediate advantage as the one with the most experience, but that doesn’t mean he has the starting role sewn up. Johnson has seen game time, but most of it has been in a mop-up role or against lesser opponents. It’s likely neither will be behind center when Clemson opens against Furman in September.
Clemson fans have no choice but to wait and see what happens. But they can take comfort in the fact that the team has several excellent players to choose from.