The Clemson Tigers are undoubtedly excited about the potential that consensus No. 1 overall recruit Trevor Lawrence brings to the quarterback competition this fall.
However, co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott realizes that he’s got to balance those enormous expectations with a healthy dose of reality in an effort to keep the early enrollee grounded going through his first spring while he should still be a high school senior.
The true freshman has had plenty of “wow” moments as he battles incumbent starter Kelly Bryant, Hunter Johnson and Chase Brice for the starting job. However, his talent has also gotten him into some trouble, prompting a comparison from Scott that is sure to knock him down a few pegs.
“There’s no question about the ability and the talent that he has,” Scott said according to Nikki Hood of TigerNet.com. “I think for him, he’s tested it a few times – tested his arm a few times and he found out there are some throws he can’t get away with at this level that maybe he could get away with in high school.”
“It’s kind of like my two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Savannah, they’ve got to kind of touch that hot plate before they believe it. That’s kind of where Trevor is right now.”
Scott followed comparing what many believe to be the top quarterback prospect of the last decade to a toddler by making it clear that this is what spring football practices are for. Lawrence is getting better by testing his limits.
Still, Scott’s message to Lawrence and anybody expecting Lawrence to win the starting job and lead Clemson flawlessly to the national championship is fairly simple to discern. The freshman is a long way away from where they want him to be before they simply hand him the keys to the kingdom like so many fans are expecting.
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