There’s little doubt many in the announced crowd of 55,000 Clemson fans on hand at Saturday’s spring game primarily wanted to see freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence in action. He received a loud ovation when he entered the game on the second series for the Orange Team, and he flashed his talents immediately.
Lawrence’s first pass was a 23 yard completion to Cannon Smith. His second pass was a 50 yarder to a well covered Tee Higgins for a touchdown. Just like that, the bonus baby delivered.
Lawrence finished 11 of 16 for 122 yards and the one touchdown and his performance Saturday and in the spring must be giving Dabo Swinney and the offensive coaches something to ponder in the weeks ahead.
Swinney said after the game that if they were playing a real game today, Kelly Bryant would be the starter, but he added that the other three quarterbacks had “great springs” and he thinks he can win with any of his four quarterbacks.
The other big offensive star was sophomore receiver Tee Higgins. He had 4 catches for 118 yards and 2 touchdowns and displayed a physicality that wasn’t there as a freshman.
The best news of the day for the Tigers, however, no major injuries suffered in the game.
Dabo Swinney’s opening remarks following spring game
Swinney talks about Trevor Lawrence
Swinney on the quarterback competition coming out of spring
Brent Venables gives an overview on his defense in spring game
Venables talks more about his defense following spring
Here’s my Periscope recap from Death Valley
Clemson postgame…. https://t.co/EfvadMrv0R
— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) April 14, 2018