It took 4 games, but it looks like the Trevor Lawrence era is officially starting at Clemson. This morning Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney named Trevor Lawrence the starting QB for this weekend’s game against Syracuse. The move comes after Lawrence had his best game of the season against Georgia Tech.
While Kelly Bryant was named the starting QB coming out of fall camp the coaching staff emphasized that the competition would continue into the season with both players splitting reps fairly evenly. The staff would then lean on the better QB when needed such as against Texas A&M with Bryant and then with Lawrence against Georgia Tech. But Lawrence’s performance against the Yellow Jackets appears to have been enough for the staff to make the switch.
The question going forward will be how the staff rotates the QBs. There hasn’t been a publicly announced decision on that, and it will likely continue to be a week to week thing as well as dependent on how each game plays out. But if the staff is making a change to the actual starter it is likely that Lawrence will take on the more traditional role of the starting QB with Bryant getting situational and blow out snaps.