As first reported by the Greenville News, Clemson QB Kelly Bryant informed Head Coach Dabo Swinney his intentions to transfer out of the program.
Swinney confirmed that report Wednesday morning during his spot on the weekly ACC Teleconference, saying that Bryant came to him informing him of his decision.
In an interview with the Greenville News, Bryant said he felt like he hadn’t “done anything to not be the starter” and that he was doing “what’s best for me and my future”. He also called the demotion behind freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence “a slap in the face”.
Bryant leaves Clemson with a 16-2 record as a starter, though the first four games of this season he has split time with Lawrence.
The freshman supplanted Bryant after a performance against Georgia Tech where Lawrence threw four touchdown passes and the ACC honored him as the conference’s Rookie of the Week.
Swinney addressed the media Tuesday, saying that he had an “emotional” conversation with Bryant on Monday, excusing him from practice that day. By the time of time Tuesday’s practice, the quarterback did not show up, coincidentally on his 22nd birthday.
Bryant’s departure marks the fourth scholarship quarterback to depart the program since the conclusion of last season, leaving only Lawrence and redshirt freshman Chase Brice on the roster.
To hear Swinney address the situation on the ACC Teleconference, click below: