The Clemson Tigers faced their biggest test of the spring on Wednesday with a scrimmage in front of fans at Memorial Stadium, but if there was any worry that freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence might feel the pressure, it didn’t last long.
The big arm and extraordinary production at the high school level helped make Lawrence the consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation. However, his calm demeanor has been what most impresses the Clemson coaching staff and it was on full display Wednesday.
“That’s probably the thing with him just his calm demeanor, the way y’all see him every single day, that’s the same way he is in the pocket. He just has a natural pocket presence that you just can’t coach, the special ones have that,” Clemson offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said according to Hannah Rogerson of TigerNet.com.
“You know today was an opportunity, and I kinda joked with him that now it’s for real, we’re in the stadium, you’re on the grass, coaches are off the field, you know you’re on your own, and he just kinda said, ‘I’m ready, coach.’ I know there were some situations with all of the quarterbacks, not just Trevor, they probably wish they had a play or two back. That’s going to be the fun part, challenging these guys.”
Lawrence is locked in a quarterback competition with incumbent starter Kelly Bryant, fellow former 5-star recruit Hunter Johnson and Chase Brice. However, most Clemson fans have entrenched themselves in either Bryant or Lawrence’s camp.
The general sentiment is that Bryant might be the safest option, but that Lawrence’s incredible talent might provide their best chance to take that national championship step.
Whoever wins, it’s impressive to see the way Lawrence has handled the constant attention when you consider that he should be getting ready for his high school prom right now.