Demoted Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant will transfer, saving his final year of eligibility for another school, The Greenville News reported on Wednesday.
“I feel like it’s what’s best for me and my future,” said Bryant, speaking exclusively to The Greenville News. “I was just going to control what I could control and try to make the most of my opportunity, but at the end of the day, I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten a fair shot.”
Coach Dabo Swinney named highly touted freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence the starter for the Tigers’ home game against Syracuse on Saturday.
“It’s a bad day to be the head coach. Most days it’s good. This was a bad day, because I love Kelly. It was emotional. Emotional for him. A tough day. I gave him the day off last night,” Swinney said Tuesday. “There’s not a guy that’s ever been here, as long as I’ve been at Clemson, there’s not a guy that’s more committed to this program than Kelly Bryant. There’s not a better leader. He’s the epitome of what you want. He’s what you want your son to be like.”
Bryant, a senior, is 36 of 54 passing for 461 yards, two touchdowns and an interception this season. He has played in only four games, meaning he will keep a year of his eligibility and redshirt by electing to transfer, per the new redshirt rule.
In last Saturday’s 49-21 win over Georgia Tech, Lawrence came off the bench to replace Bryant and led the Tigers to five touchdowns in six drives.
Lawrence finished Saturday’s game 13-of-18 passing for 176 yards, with four touchdowns and an interception. Four games into the season, he is 39 of 60 passing for 600 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions.
“They asked me how I felt about it. I was like, ‘I’m not discrediting Trevor. 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’ve been here. I’ve waited my turn. I’ve done everything y’all have asked me to do, plus more,'” said Bryant.
–Field Level Media