No. 3 Clemson names Lawrence starting QB

Highly touted freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence will start for No. 3 Clemson (4-0, 1-0 ACC) on Saturday when the Tigers face Syracuse (4-0, 1-0 ACC) at home.

The team made the announcement Monday.

In last Saturday’s game 49-21 win over Georgia Tech, Lawrence came off the bench to replace starter Kelly 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, Lawrence is 39 of 60 passing for 600 yards. He has nine touchdowns and two interceptions.

On Saturday, reporters asked coach Dabo Swinney if it was time to replace Bryant, who started last season after starter Deshaun Watson left for the NFL.

“Well (Lawrence) certainly played great,” Swinney said. “I thought Kelly (Bryant) came back in and did a good job, too. We’re going to enjoy it tonight. We’re not going to set the depth chart here in the postgame press conference. We’re going to celebrate a win, enjoy it and as coaches, we’ll get back in the office tomorrow, evaluate and watch all the tape and go from there, just like we do every week.”

Last week, Swinney had this to say: “If it changes and one (quarterback) separates, it’ll be obvious and we’ll all know it.”

Apparently, it became obvious against Georgia Tech.

The 6-foot-6 Lawrence was ranked as the nation’s top-ranked player by many recruiting services last year in high school in Cartersville, Ga. He turns 19 on Oct. 6.

“He really played well. It was certainly his best game. He was very poised and I think the game has slowed down for him,” Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said. “He’s making good decisions; he’s decisive with the ball… He made some beautiful throws.”

So far this season Lawrence is 39 of 60 passing for 600 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions.

Bryant is 36-for-54 passing for 461 yards with two touchdowns and one pick.

–Field Level Media

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