Despite the Clemson football program being undefeated through three weeks of the 2018 season, the Tigers are set to be making a big change to the starting lineup. On Monday, Sept. 24, Clemson announced that Trevor Lawrence will be taking over starting quarterback duties.
Lawrence was the No. 1 quarterback recruit in the Class of 2018 and will get his first shot as a starter against Syracuse.
The decision comes after a standout performance against Georgia Tech.
“He really played well,” Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney said following the game, via ESPN. “He was very poised. The game has slowed down for him, and he’s making good decisions. … He made some beautiful throws … and there’s just some technical things to clean up.”
To show the difference in productivity, ESPN adds:
Through four games, Bryant has led the offense on 21 full drives, while Lawrence has led 23. Clemson has averaged 4.2 points per drive with Lawrence at the helm, nearly double Bryant’s scoring rate.
Through the first few weeks of the regular season, the 6-foot-5 signal-caller has thrown for 600 yards, 9 touchdowns and just two interceptions Previous starter Kelly Bryant, who is a senior, has thrown for 461 yards, 2 touchdowns and one interception while adding 130 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Kickoff between the Tigers and the Orange is set for noon ET on ABC.