Whether its nothing more than the first opportunity or a permanent changing of the guard, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence will earn his first collegiate start for the Tigers Saturday vs. Syracuse.
The battle between Lawrence and incumbent QB Kelly Bryant has been the talk of Tiger Town all Spring, Summer and Fall with coaches saying the two players graded out evenly through the first two games.
Bryant suffered a chest bruise which kept him out of the second half vs. Georgia Southern, with Lawrence playing in his stead.
Clemson coaches saw enough separation from the Georgia Tech results to make the move this week, as Lawrence led the Tigers on three second-quarter touchdown drives against the Yellow Jackets.
The freshman, playing less than an hour from his hometown in Cartersville, Georgia, completed 13-of-18 passes for 174 yards and four touchdowns, while Bryant completed just 6-of-10 passes for 56 yards.
Bryant failed to engineer any offensive momentum in his first two drives, but came back and led a touchdown drive in the third quarter to put the Tigers up 42-7.
Co-Offensive Coordinator Tony Elliott detailed the reasoning for the switch on Monday, saying that Bryant will still have opportunities to play Saturday:
Head Coach Dabo Swinney will address the change during his regularly scheduled Tuesday morning press conference. Clemson hosts Syracuse at noon Saturday on ABC.