Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence appears to be heading to the NFL.
Lawrence bid farewell to Clemson on Wednesday, a day after he finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith. Lawrence is the Jacksonville Jaguars’ presumptive No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft.
“Looking back on it I hope my legacy at Clemson is that I was a great teammate and a great person overall,” Lawrence said in a thank you video he posted to Twitter.
“More than football, more than how I played each game is just how I treated people. I want that to be the main thing that I’m known for and I think over the last three years that’s the thing I’ve kept as a priority — just treating people well and being a good person.”
Clemson lost just twice with Trevor Lawrence at QB
Lawrence took over as Clemson’s starting quarterback during his freshman season. The Tigers went undefeated with him at quarterback and beat Alabama to win the national championship after the 2018 season.
The Tigers’ first loss with Lawrence as a starter came a year later. Clemson went undefeated in 2019 before losing to LSU in the national championship game. And on Friday, Ohio State’s win over the Tigers was Lawrence’s second loss as a starter.
Lawrence threw for 400 yards in that loss. But his final pass as a Clemson QB was intercepted in the end zone late in Buckeyes’ 49-28 win.
Trevor Lawrence threw 90 TDs in 3 seasons
Lawrence played in just 10 of Clemson’s 12 games in 2020 because he contracted COVID-19 during the season. The Tigers’ 47-40 double-overtime loss to Notre Dame came while he was unable to play with the virus.
He finished the 2020 season 231-of-334 passing for 3,153 yards and 24 touchdowns with just five interceptions. He also rushed for eight TDs.
Over 40 games at Clemson, Lawrence threw for 10,098 yards and 90 TDs. He completed two-thirds of his passes in three seasons and also rushed for 18 scores.
NFL draft declaration not a surprise
Lawrence’s departure from Clemson was a foregone conclusion. While he had previously left the door to a return for his senior season slightly open, most everyone expected the 2020 season to be Lawrence’s final one at Clemson.
That included coach Dabo Swinney. The Clemson coach said in October that he would be “surprised” if Lawrence returned to school in 2021.
“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,” Swinney said on SiriusXM over two months ago.
Jacksonville looking for a GM and a coach
Lawrence makes Jacksonville more enticing for general manager and head coaching candidates. The franchise is looking for both a GM and a coach and offers a team with the most salary cap space in the NFL and the chance to have Lawrence as the team’s franchise QB for the next decade.
Lawrence has been at the top of Yahoo Sports NFL draft analyst Eric Edholm’s 2021 mock drafts for a long time, and it’s hard to see how Jacksonville will seriously consider any other player with the top pick in the upcoming draft.
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