3. QB Trevor Lawrence, Soph. Clemson
Do you really get what just happened here?
Clemson had a loaded team coming into the 2018 season with an all-timer of a defensive front, a quarterback who had led the team to the No. 1 seed in the College Football Playoff in 2017, and a light enough schedule to roll through as long as there weren’t any major mistakes.
And then Dabo Swinney turned it all over to a true freshman.
But Trevor Lawrence wasn’t just any normal newbie being thrown to the wolves. He was the top recruit in the country with poise, 6-6, 215-pound size, No. 1 overall NFL draft pick skills, and the moxie and toughness to handle having to be The Man on a team full of veterans expecting to play for the national championship.
So off went former superstar quarterback recruit Hunter Johnson to Northwestern, and Kelly Bryant – after four games and a wonderful 2017 season – left the team and ended up at Missouri.
But Lawrence handled it all just fine, completing 65% of his passes for 2,606 yards and 24 touchdowns and just four picks.
Winning the Heisman might be tough with RB Travis Etienne taking away some of the spotlight, but there will be plenty of yards, big plays, and wins for everyone on another loaded Tiger team.