Bryant, who led the Tigers to another ACC title and a spot in the College Football Playoff past year, was benched for talented freshman Trevor Lawrence heading into Saturday's game with Syracuse. It was announced that Lawrence will be the starter moving forward, but according to co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott, "He's gotta prove it in practice and prove it in the next game, and when Kelly gets his opportunities, he'll have his chance to compete".
Bryant, who turned 22 on Tuesday, graduated this past May and has one more year of eligibility left.
"I feel like it's what's best for me and my future", Bryant told the paper.
Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant feels he didn't get a fair shot to keep his job and has made a decision to transfer after highly touted freshman Trevor Lawrence was named the starter for the third-ranked Tigers. "To me, it was kind of a slap in the face". "There's tough decisions that have to be made at this level, and you gotta do what's best for the team".
Bryant has started all four games for Clemson this season, sharing time under center with Lawrence - the nation's No. 1 high school recruit past year.
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You can't blame Kelly Bryant for wanting to go somewhere where he can be the starter.
With the new redshirt rules in the NCAA (players can appear in four games without burning RS), Bryant will still have one year of eligibility remaining to play elsewhere.
Bryant's departure leaves redshirt freshman Chase Brice, who is 5 of 8 passing for 37 yards this year, as the primary backup and freshman Dorman product Ben Batson as the lone other quarterback on the roster. I feel like Kelly would've continued to help us win, play a lot, but it's not what he wanted to do. This would leave Auburn with a void at quarterback. "I wish him nothing but the best". I think Swinney did everything right.
Swinney said it's a fairly common occurrence for underclassmen, even freshmen, to beat out veteran players for starting spots and this situation is illuminated because it's at quarterback.
Bryant, who led the Tigers to a College Football Playoff appearance in 2017, completed 67% of his passes for 461 with two touchdowns and one interception this season, compared to Lawrence who has nine touchdown passes is averaging more than a yard per passing attempt. "At the end of the day, you just do what you believe is right and you live with it and time will tell how it all plays out".
He sat down and talked to the veteran and you could tell he didn't want to make that decision.