Clemson HC Dabo Swinney on Trevor Lawrence: 'I'd be surprised if he's back with the Tigers next year'

Colin Martin
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Dabo Swinney Trevor Lawrence
Dabo Swinney Trevor Lawrence

On Tuesday, Clemson star QB Trevor Lawrence made headlines when he was asked about the possibility of returning to school for his senior season despite being the projected No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

"No matter where I go -- whether that's across the country or whether it's close to home, whether I stay another year -- we'll work it out," Lawrence said.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was a guest on ESPNU Radio on Sirius XM with host Mark Packer on Thursday evening, and gave his thoughts on what Lawrence said earlier in the week.

"Oh, I didn't read anything into it," Swinney said. "Don't really care. He’s going to do whatever he needs to do. I'm going to save a scholarship for him just in case. I'm not real worried about it. He ain't worried about it either. He got one thing on his mind and that's leading the Tigers and having a great season this year. All that stuff will take care of itself whenever the time. 

"But I think you just answered the question, you know. I mean, we'll certainly let him stay if that's what he wants to do. But I'd be surprised if he's back with the Tigers next year, but who knows? You never know. I didn't think Christian Wilkins was coming back, but he did.”

Lawrence has had one of the greatest collegiate careers so far, going 31-1 as the starting quarterback and leading Clemson to the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship over Alabama. His lone loss came in the 2020 CFP National Championship to LSU and No. 1 pick Joe Burrow.

The Tigers are 6-0 so far this year and ranked first in the country behind Lawrence's 1,883 yards passing and 17 touchdown passes.

Jets and Giants fans must now wait and see if Lawrence will declare for the 2021 NFL Draft or not, as the Jets (0-7) currently would have the No. 1 pick and the Giants (1-6) would have the No. 2 pick.