On the same day his former starting quarterback officially chose to start over at somewhere other than Clemson, Dabo Swinney has addressed a decision that many saw coming over the past couple 72 hours or so.
"Obviously saddened and disappointed that he's chosen to leave the team, but I really have absolutely nothing bad that I can say about Kelly Bryant", the Clemson coach said during the ACC's weekly teleconference.
Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant feels he didn't get a fair shot to keep his job and has chose to transfer after highly touted freshman Trevor Lawrence was named the starter for the third-ranked Tigers.
Under new NCAA redshirt rules, Bryant is still able to play out his final year of eligibility elsewhere because appearing in four games or under does not burn a year of eligibility. Clemson on Monday announced that freshman QB Trevor Lawrence would start Saturday's game against Syracuse.
Through four games in 2018, Bryant threw for 461 yards, two touchdowns and an interception with a 66.7 completion percentage, while Lawrence is already up to 600 yards, nine touchdowns and two picks with a 65.0 completion percentage. After missing the last two days of practice, many out there were speculating what exactly was going on with the senior quarterback.
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Bryant's demotion did not sit well with the graduate student, who led Clemson to a 12-2 mark a year ago, a third consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference championship and College Football Playoff berth.
"'I'm not discrediting Trevor", he told Robinson. He's doing everything asked of him, but on my side of it, I feel like I haven't done anything to not be the starter. I certainly could have started him this week, which would have limited his options, but that's not how we operate here.
Finebaum believes that freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence gives Clemson the best chance to win against elite teams. I've been here. I've waited my turn.
Bryant sat his first two seasons behind Deshaun Watson, learning from the current Houston Texan quarterback as he saw action in 11 games.
"I've never been a distraction". I love him. I care about him I wish him nothing but the best. I've never been in trouble with anything. "And I feel like this is the best situation for me". One school that could be a landing spot is Arkansas who is led by former Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris. "To me, it was kind of a slap in the face". "But I wouldn't judge him for that".