Kelly Bryant Transfers To Missouri: What Does It Mean For The SEC?

Kelly Bryant Transfers To Missouri: What Does It Mean For The SEC?

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Kelly Bryant Transfers To Missouri: What Does It Mean For The SEC?

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3. Clemson quarterbacks are filling in some massive shoes

Trevor Lawrence had better be the stuff.

The nation’s No. 1 recruit last season already is, looking the part of a future NFL star. Bryant was good to start the season for Clemson, but the upside to Lawrence was too great to ignore.

There’s a reason he was the star prospect everyone wanted and Clemson coaches gushed over, he needed more reps as soon as possible to get ready for the College Football Playoff – if everything went well – and it turned out to be the exact right move.

If Clemson is going to compete with a deadly accurate and efficient quarterback like Notre Dame’s Ian Book, and/or Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray, and/or Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, it needed the guy who can keep up in firefights.

That might have been Bryant if he was given another full season to work, but in the end, he was done a solid when the Clemson coaches made Lawrence the starter after Week 4. That gave Bryant a chance to redshirt according to the new rules – you can redshirt if you play in four games or fewer.

And now he’s taking over for Drew Lock, who threw for 3,125 yards and 25 touchdowns with eight picks this year, and bombed away for close to 4,000 yards with 44 touchdowns last season.

Hunter Johnson bolted before Bryant did.

The writing was on the wall for Clemson’s star recruit. Bryant came into the 2018 season as the main man, and Trevor Lawrence was going to be the guy going forward. Johnson transferred to Northwestern, where he’ll likely be the start next year for the defending Big Ten West champs. All he has to do is take over for Clayton Thorson, a likely top 100 pick in the 2019 draft.

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