With Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant transferring from Clemson, where are his best options to go to? Where would be a good fit for the 2019 season?
Welcome to the new rules of the college football redshirt rule going into full effect.
With Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant only playing in four games of work, he’s able to preserve a full year of eligibility if he doesn’t play any more this season. Now that superstar recruit and prospect Trevor Lawrence has earned the starting job, Bryant wants to leave for somewhere else to show what he can do.
So where’s the best fit for the 2019 season?
Here’s the problem. Bryant is a fringe NFL quarterback prospect. He’s a decent passer, and he’s got the size, the tools, and and the mobility, but there’s a reason Lawrence is the starter – Lawrence is a future NFL franchise-maker.
And that’s what the top teams have now. Tua Tagovailoa, Dwayne Haskins, Jake Fromm – and Justin Fields behind him – are all NFL-caliber talents. Kyler Murray might not have the size, but he’s a growing into an elite passer for Oklahoma – he’s taking his talents to the Oakland A’s, though.
So for Bryant, it’s not just about where he can play and fit in. It’s where he can go to a place that’s not going to be expecting its starting quarterback to be next-level special.
And Bryant really is that good. He’s a better passer than – for example – Jalen Hurts, and he’s a proven winner who did the impossible by stepping in for Deshaun Watson and taking Clemson to the ACC title and a College Football Playoff No. 1 seed.
So now, let me act as his agent – since he wrongly and technically can’t have one – and let me shop him around.
Of course there are some nice ideas, but here are the places where he can go, be the sure-thing starter in 2019, and be the missing piece of a puzzle.
Here are the five best options for the 6-3, 225-pound proven 18-game starting talent.
5. Arkansas Razorbacks
Chad Morris needs something to give the start of his era a shot in the arm, and the fan base needs something to rally around.
The Arkansas offense should work under Morris – it’s not right now.
At SMU, the O grew into a high-powered passing attack that rolled up big numbers on the way to a bowl game. Morris – a former offensive coordinator at Clemson – knows how to make an offense fly, but he’s missing his triggerman.
The Hogs are searching, hoping for sophomore Cole Kelley or junior Ty Storey to take the job by the horns, but it’s not happening.
So far, Arkansas is 1-3 with an offense that can’t find any sort of a groove. If Bryant got to campus soon, and with ten months to learn the system and get into the offense, he should be able to delay the start of the Connor Noland era by a year and take over the gig.
And put up the passing numbers to show off to the NFL types.