Clemson QB Kelly Bryant to Transfer
Two SEC juggernauts with unblemished records have now dumped a starting quarterback in the middle of the season for a younger, better prospect. That's a story in itself. But the real story is who did it... The top two teams in the nation. The two teams who accounted for the last three national championships.
What Happened at Clemson?
Kelly Bryant took over as the starter in 2017 after Deshaun Watson graduated and went to the NFL. In his 18 starts, he's won 16. One of those losses was last year's National Championship against Alabama.
Monday, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney informed Bryant that he would be benched for freshman QB Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence is no scrub. He's a five-star recruit with some serious talent (and he looks like Sunshine from Remember the Titans). Four quarterbacks have transferred out of Clemson in the calendar year, likely because of Lawrence's talent level.
And now, you have the second QB change of the year for college football's most feared programs.
What Happened at 'Bama?
Earlier this season, Alabama head coach Nick Saban named Tua Tagavailoa the starter and benched junior Jalen Hurts -- a guy with 25 starts, 5,000 yards, 44 TDs and just 11 interceptions. Benched.
Tua is a Heisman candidate and a future NFL star. Lawrence is significantly better in the pocket than Bryant. Both deserve to start. We just laugh at the fact that some schools can't get a decent passer while these guys have an embarrassment of riches.
The Difference Between Bryant and Hurts?
Hurts (for the time being) has stayed at Alabama, probably hoping Tua will go pro and he'll get his job back. Bryant announced yesterday that he'll leave the team and transfer to retain another year of eligibility.