Every year there’s a player, usually a quarterback, who takes the college football world by storm and breaks the game. Whether it’s Tua Tagovailoa or Shea Patterson, there’s always a five-star freshman that’s supposed to come in the program like a whirling dervish and start the first day.
This year, all eyes are on the hotshot former No. 1 recruit freshman – Trevor Lawrence – who usurped the starting quarterback spot from Kelly Bryant, the steady senior leader who played great and waited his turn.
Once the breaking news broke out that Lawrence will be taking over the quarterback position for the Clemson Tigers, the former Clemson All-American Tajh Boyd weighed in on the new starting quarterback.
“When it’s all said and done, I think he’s gonna be the best quarterback to play in the history of the conference,” Boyd said.
If one thing is certain, Lawrence has all of the potential to reach the next level.
Trevor Lawrence Bio
Full Name: Trevor “Sunshine” Lawrence
Birthdate: October 6, 1999
Birth Place: Johnson City, Tennessee
School: Clemson University
Throughout Trevor Lawrence’s childhood, he made sure to keep his eyes on the prize and was poised to become one of the greatest high school quarterbacks of all-time. He got there. Let’s take a look at Lawrence’s successful journey from high school to becoming the starting quarterback at Clemson University.
The second that Lawrence enrolled at Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Georgia, he was already on the path on becoming the No. 1 player in the nation with his stellar performance. In just his freshman year, he already totaled 3,042 yards and 26 touchdowns and as a sophomore, he passed for 3,655 yards and 43 touchdowns. And things were only going to get that much better for him.
The five-star quarterback surpassed the former Clemson great and current Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson for first place on a prestigious list. He broke his state records for passing yards and touchdowns. In addition, Lawrence threw for an astonishing 13,902 yards and 161 touchdowns while leading the Hurricanes to consecutive Class AAAA state championships in 2015 and 2016. He managed to only lose one game in 2017 in the second round of the state playoffs and would go on to finish his senior year with 41 touchdown passes and just one interception.
Not only did Lawrence boast eye-popping stats, but his win-loss career record of 47-1 as a starter is phenomenal, too.
But then the time came when the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the 2018 class had to make a difficult decision. He received offers from many dominant college programs. Some of the universities included – University of Alabama, Louisiana State University, University of Georgia, Clemson University – and so much more.
On Dec. 15, 2016, Lawrence announced his commitment to Clemson University in a brief statement on Twitter.
Please respect my decision and no interviews 🐅 pic.twitter.com/ouXRGGcqvf
— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) December 16, 2016
As a freshman in the orange and regalia jersey, Lawrence completed 9 of 14 passes for 137 yards in his collegiate debut against Furman University. A few weeks later, he threw for 176 yards on 13 of 18 passes with four touchdowns earning ACC Rookie of the Week and team offensive player of the week honors. With the performance, he became the first Clemson freshman to throw four touchdown passes since Deshaun Watson on Sept. 24, 2014.
Then came the biggest moment in Lawrence’s college career. He made his first career start against Syracuse but exited early after suffering an injury to his left knee. Before leaving the game, he completed 10 of 15 passes for 93 yards.
A week later, Lawrence returned against the Demon Deacons of Wake Forest. He ended up playing the entire first half and part of the third quarter before exiting the game because of a blowout. In that game, Lawrence made a crisp throw to Justyn Ross that turned into a 55-yard touchdown. He finished the day 20-of-25 for 173 yards and two touchdowns.
The Clemson Tigers are back in action on Saturday, Sept. 20, at 3:30 p.m. ET, against No. 20 North Carolina State Wolfpack on their home turf.