Bryant, the Tigers' starting quarterback since the start of the 2017 season, is leaving the program, coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Wednesday morning on the ACC teleconference.
Three days after Swinney made freshman Trevor Lawrence his starter, Bryant told the Greenville News on Wednesday that he has chose to leave Clemson. The Greenville News first reported Bryant's decision.
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.
Bryant, 22, graduated in May and is a senior in eligibility, but he's able to transfer thanks to the new redshirt rule implemented this year.
"I did tell him that if he wanted to go somewhere else and play next year, I would agree to not play him the rest of the year, continue to stay and be a part of it, if that's what he wanted to do and I would support in him in that", Swinney said. "He is one of the best young people I have ever been around".
Bryant couldn't get the offense going during his two possessions in Saturday's win at Georgia Tech. "But I wouldn't judge him for that".
"'I'm not discrediting Trevor", he told Robinson.
Bryant's departure is the fourth quarterback to leave the program following Tucker Israel, Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson. I certainly could have started him this week, which would have limited his options, but that's not how we operate here. We got to move forward, we aren't a better team without him. I've done everything y'all have asked me to do, plus more'. "To me, it was kind of a slap in the face". Should he have played a snap against Syracuse, he would have lost the ability to redshirt and his career would've ended in January.
On Tuesday, Swinney told reporters, "We've played four games now, and it's a hard thing, man". "And Kelly didn't do anything wrong". Lawrence, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound product of Cartersville (Ga.), has thrown for exactly 600 yards this season with nine touchdown passes against two interceptions. "He's played well. We've played four games now and with Trevor it's just the productivity and sheer data, he deserves to run out there first this game". Bryant has 461 passing yards with two touchdowns and one interception, completing 66.7 percent of his attempts with 130 rushing yards and two touchdowns.