Clemson is fresh off a season in which it made it to the College Football Playoff riding the arm and legs of junior quarterback Kelly Bryant, and yet all anybody wants to talk about is incoming true freshman Trevor Lawrence.
The No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings, was listed as one of Athlon Sports’ Top 20 Impact True Freshman for the upcoming season Thursday.
Bryant will enter the spring prior to his senior season as the Tigers’ starting quarterback, but he will also have to fend off one of the most talented freshman quarterbacks to join the college ranks in quite some time.
That’s why Lawrence finds himself on this list.
The Cartersville, Ga. native certainly has the arm talent to overtake Bryant before Clemson begins its season on Sept. 1 against Furman. While at Cartersville High School, Lawrence broke former Clemson star and current Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson’s records in passing yards (13,902) and touchdowns (161).
There is also the chance that he is asked to fill in if Bryant were to get injured.
The senior takes a lot of hits, rushing for 665 yards and 11 touchdowns on 192 carries, and was forced out of a game versus Syracuse this past year after suffering a concussion. Lawrence has the ability to step in and prevent a similar loss to the one the Tigers’ experienced against the Orange.
Five-star offensive tackle Jackson Carman also joined Lawrence on Athlon Sports’ list due to Clemson losing three starters on the interior. T he No. 2 tackle in the country and No. 17 overall player out of Fairfield High School in Ohio should make a push for one of those positions, or at the very least, become a rotational lineman in the trenches for the Tigers.
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