The announcement caught some people by surprise–including former Clemson starting quarterback Kelly Bryant.

Four games into what Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney hopes will be another national championship contending season, Swinney made the announcement that hot-shot freshman QB Trevor Lawrence had won the battle for the No. 1 spot at QB.

It wasn’t that Bryant, a 6-foot-4 inch, 220 pound senior had done anything wrong. Quite the contrary, he had been a key figure in Clemson winning 16 of its last 18 games.  He–along with Lawrence–had done more than enough as Clemson had slid through its first four games–something other ACC contenders such as Miami and Florida State could not do–without any missteps.

But Swinney had to look at a bigger picture.  Could Bryant take the Tigers beyond the ACC championship game, beyond the first round of the playoffs to a national championship?

Swinney watched the first four games and decided that Lawrence, the 6-foot-5 inch 205 pound prospect who was labeled the next Deshaun Watson even before he attended his first class last January, had a better upside. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.