Blowing off that he looks like a really, really young Roger Waters, this is a big freaking deal, and here’s why …
Trevor Lawrence is going to be the starting quarterback for your 2018 Clemson Tigers on Saturday against Syracuse. And now, he’s about to enter your sports kitchen and make biscuits for the better part of the next two decades.
He’ll soon become a fixture in your fantasy drafts, and with the way this Jon Gruden thing is trending, he might just be headed to the Khalil Mackless Las Vegas Raiders as the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
But for now, this is a really, really, really big deal, because it’s one of the key moves in the College Football Playoff arms race. Clemson can get there without him, but it needs him have any shot at winning it.
Yes, Kelly Bryant is really, really, really good. He won an ACC championship and got Clemson to the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff. And then – even though it wasn’t his fault – Bryant and the Tigers got bounced out by Bama in rude fashion.
Yes, Bryant is good. And so is Jalen Hurts.
Hurts almost won Alabama the national championship two years ago, but when the offense obviously wasn’t working against Georgia in last season’s national title game, it was Tua to the rescue.
Clemson isn’t going to wait for its own In Case Of No Offense, Break Glass moment. It’s going with the guy with the prototype size, passing arm, and downfield ability to average ten yards per throw with nine touchdown passes and two picks in his limited time so far.
Now, assuming there’s an ACC title along the way, it’s a nine-game run to get Cinderella ready for the ball.
If everything holds to form, the College Football Playoff will likely consist of three almost-certain first round draft prospects with No. 1 overall pick upside.
Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins needs a lot more time, but he’s growing into a superstar prospect. Even if he still needs seasoning for the pro scouting types, he’s right there in the run for the Heisman after a brilliant first month.
Tua Tagovailoa is a left-handed Drew Brees – so mad that Gary Danielson went with that on Saturday in the A&M game; that’s been my line for weeks, and now I can’t use it – showing off NFL-level franchise starter accuracy.
Jake Fromm is a veteran passer with the upside to hang around The League for a long, long time. And if it’s not him, it’s Justin Fields starting – who’s another Next Big Thing, along with Lawrence.
If one of the big four from Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Clemson are out, then that means Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray will likely be there. So far, he’s matching Baker Mayfield’s 2017 season stride-for-stride. Or it might be Penn State’s Trace McSorley, who’s balling his way into Heisman contention, or Washington veteran Jake Browning.
But no matter what, the quarterback play in this year’s College Football Playoff is almost certainly going to be amazing.
And if it really is Lawrence, Tagovailoa, Fromm and Haskins – yeah, you like that.
And here we go.