Clemson's Dabo Swinney on Kelly Bryant transfer: 'I respect' his decision

Trevor Lawrence's quick rise at Clemson no surprise for those who followed his high school career

Three days after Swinney made freshman Trevor Lawrence his starter, Bryant told the Greenville News on Wednesday that he has chose to leave Clemson.

"I feel like it's what's best for me and my future", Bryant said in the interview.

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant feels he didn't get a fair shot to keep his job and has chose to transfer after highly touted freshman Trevor Lawrence was named the starter for the third-ranked Tigers.

With the NCAA's new redshirt rule, Bryant would have to transfer now as to keep his final year of eligibility.

Still, the two quarterbacks have been sharing snaps (129 for Bryant, 122 for Lawrence) - an arrangement that likely would have continued through the rest of the 2018 season. "He is one of the best young people I have ever been around".

Dabo Swinney and his coaching staff made the decision to go to Lawrence after four games, giving Bryant a chance to redshirt with the new rule and transfer somewhere else.

Lawrence's first start will be Saturday at home against Syracuse. "And I feel like this is the best situation for me".

"'I'm not discrediting Trevor", he told Robinson.

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"He won the job after Deshaun Watson and beat out the No. 1 [high school] quarterback in country to do that in Hunter Johnson, and another recruited quarterback in Zerrick Cooper, both who have gone on to play elsewhere", Swinney said.

"If I was anxious about that or was deceitful in some way, I could've huddled up our coaches and said let's make sure we start him against Syracuse, that way he's got no option, but that's not how I operate", Swinney said. I certainly could have started him this week, which would have limited his options, but that's not how we operate here. I've been here. I've waited my turn.

"I've never been a distraction".

Swinney was asked about the controversial "slap in the face" comments by Bryant.

On Tuesday, Swinney told reporters, "We've played four games now, and it's a hard thing, man".

"Kelly has done nothing wrong", Swinney said. Last season, he completed 262 of 398 passes for 2,802 yards with thirteen touchdowns and eight interceptions as he led the Tigers to their third consecutive appearance in the College Football Playoff (CFP). "He played well. But Trevor, after four games, productivity and just the sheer data, he deserves to run out there first this game".

Lawrence (above) - a 6-foot-6, 215-pound native of Cartersville, Georgia - has completed 39 of 60 passes for 600 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions through four games.

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