Swinney tells lawmakers: Disagree, but still do great things
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney told South Carolina lawmakers they don't have to like each other all the time, but they need to be a team.
Missouri to appeal what it calls ‘unjust’ NCAA penalties
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Barry Odom had every reason to believe Missouri's football program was finally on the right track.
The Tigers were coming off their second consecutive bowl appearance. He had just signed a contract extension to remain coach through 2024. Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced he would finish his career with the Tigers, joining arguably their best recruiting class in years.
Then came Thursday's report from the NCAA's infractions committee.
Clemson QB Switch: Tigers thrived after freshman’s promotion
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The choice was clear for Clemson coach Dabo Swinney last September— freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence deserved to start over well-liked, well-respected senior Kelly Bryant.
It's a move that could've led to dissension, in-fighting and a divided locker room. Instead, the switch started the second-ranked Tigers on a glide path to the national championship game where they'll take on defending champion Alabama on Monday night.
No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame in playoff after QB switches
DALLAS (AP) — Clemson and Notre Dame weren't even a month into this season when they made unexpected quarterback switches while undefeated with seniors who had won a lot of games.
Neither of those senior starters was even injured, but the Tigers and Fighting Irish decided to make early changes. Both teams are still without a loss and now in the College Football Playoff.
Clemson signs 5-star CB, WR among 26 football recruits
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — College Football Playoff bound Clemson have signed five-star recruits in cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. of Georgia and receiver Frank Ladson of Florida among its group of 26 recruits the Tigers are bringing in.
The second-ranked Tigers (13-0) will play No. 3 Notre Dame (12-0) in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29 for a spot in the national championship game.
Booth is a 6-foot-1, 188-pound defensive back who plans to enroll in July. Ladson is a 6-4 wideout who will enroll next month.
Former Clemson QB Kelly Bryant headed to Missouri
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Former Clemson starting quarterback Kelly Bryant says he'll play his final season at Missouri.
Bryant released a video on social media that ended with a player in a Missouri uniform and fans chanting "M-I-Z" for its nickname "Mizzou."
Bryant had visited several schools after he announced his transfer from Clemson because he was demoted as starting quarterback behind freshman Trevor Lawrence. Others he met with included Arkansas, Auburn, Mississippi State and North Carolina.
Clemson’s freshman quarterback is pivotal cog in title run
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been poised and in control, artfully becoming a pivotal cog in the second-ranked Tigers' latest championship run.
Lawrence, the long-haired, 6-foot-6 freshman , has lived up to the hype surrounding him since enrolling at Clemson (8-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference, CFP 2).
All eyes on QB Lawrence in No. 4 Clemson-Wake Forest matchup
Trevor Lawrence has yet to play a full game for No. 4 Clemson. The Tigers hope the only reason their freshman quarterback won't finish this one is because it's another blowout of Wake Forest.
Lawrence is expected to make his second start Saturday when Clemson (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) visits the Demon Deacons (3-2, 0-1).
"I think he got good experience, kind of got that first start out of the way, too, and all the stuff with that," coach Dabo Swinney said. "I think he's in a good spot."
Clemson faces more QB questions before Wake Forest game
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson would like nothing more than a drama-free week heading into its matchup with Wake Forest.
"We've been waiting for a normal week for a while," co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said Monday.
The fourth-ranked Tigers may have to wait a little longer.
The Tigers (5-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) look to start 6-0 for a third straight season when they visit the Demon Deacons on Saturday.
No. 4 Clemson’s depth and attitude come through in comeback
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson proved again that it has the resolve to maintain its hold on the Atlantic Coast Conference. And the depth.
Quarterback Chase Brice, who went from third-stringer to comeback kid in a week, helped the Tigers rally to beat Syracuse on Saturday.
Clemson backups Fields, Powell out vs Syracuse
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson cornerback Mark Fields and receiver Cornell Powell will miss the game against Syracuse for disciplinary reasons.
The team announced the suspensions shortly before kickoff with the Orange on Saturday. The Tigers say Clemson coach Dabo Swinney will address the issue after the game.
Fields is a senior with four tackles and a pass breakup in 110 snaps this season. Powell is a junior who has had five catches for 63 yards.
No. 3 Clemson resolves QB situation, Syracuse up next
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson has left no doubt about who their starting quarterback is this week. The third-ranked Tigers also have far fewer options behind center.
Young ACC: League featuring young talent in playmaking roles
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Youth is being served in the Atlantic Coast Conference — and it's a trend that's surely to continue.
Throughout the league, teams are counting on highly regarded, talented playmakers to take charge, no matter how little experience they have.
"More teams are getting more young guys who are ready to play," said former Oklahoma nose tackle Dusty Dvoracek, a current ESPN college analyst.
Clemson QB Bryant transferring after losing starting job
Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant feels he didn't get a fair shot to keep his job and has decided to transfer after highly touted freshman Trevor Lawrence was named the starter for the third-ranked Tigers.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced the senior's intention to transfer Wednesday, two days after it was announced that Lawrence would start this week against Syracuse.
Demoted Clemson QB Bryant misses 2nd straight practice
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Demoted Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant missed his second straight practice since freshman Trevor Lawrence was picked to start for the No. 3 Tigers on Saturday against Syracuse.
Bryant was given Monday's workout off by Dabo Swinney after what the coach said was an "emotional" talk with his senior quarterback.
The team said Bryant also was not at Tuesday's workout.
No. 3 Clemson tabs freshman Trevor Lawrence new starting QB
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Freshman Trevor Lawrence is the new starting quarterback for third-ranked Clemson, replacing senior Kelly Bryant. — for now.
The move doesn't mean Bryant is being benched, or won't regain the starting spot. Though Clemson coach Dabo Swinney isn't saying much about the change.
The team announced the decision Monday, a day after Swinney cut off potential quarterback questions on a teleconference Sunday night.
Lawrence throws 4 TDs, No. 3 Clemson routs Ga Tech 49-21
ATLANTA (AP) — With plenty of family and friends cheering him on, Trevor Lawrence certainly played like a starting quarterback.
Now, the Clemson Tigers have to decide if it's time to push the talented freshman to the top of the depth chart.
Lawrence claimed a leading role in Clemson's quarterback rotation, coming off the bench to throw four touchdown passes as the No. 3 Tigers romped past Georgia Tech 49-21 on Saturday.
- Rome News-TribunePostseason ban could cost MU athletics millionsFebruary 2, 2019
- The Washington TimesJalen Hurts, Alabama quarterback, enters NCAA transfer portal: ReportJanuary 9, 2019
- Aiken StandardClemson quarterback Kelly Bryant to transferSeptember 27, 2018
- The Washington TimesKelly Bryant, Clemson QB, will transfer after losing starting jobSeptember 26, 2018
No. 3 Clemson looks for complete performance vs Georgia Tech
ATLANTA (AP) — No. 3 Clemson has yet to turn in a thoroughly dominating performance.
Don't blame it on the quarterback shuffle.
The Tigers (3-0) remain committed to playing both incumbent starter Kelly Bryant and highly rated freshman Trevor Lawrence as they head into Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference opener against struggling Georgia Tech.
Clemson’s Bryant not out at start of 2nd half vs Ga Southern
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson starting quarterback Kelly Bryant did not return to the sideline after halftime during Saturday's game against Georgia Southern.
Bryant fell hard in the second quarter and freshman Trevor Lawrence came in to complete a scoring drive.
Bryant returned to action the next time Clemson got the ball and directed a scoring drive of his own. But he was taken into the locker room shortly after that.
Clemson’s Kelly Bryant continues ‘to grind’ in 2 QB system
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson's Kelly Bryant understands leading the second-ranked Tigers to victory at Texas A&M with a big second-half performance won't end his team's two-quarterback system or satisfy those who doubt he's the championship answer for the program.
He's simply happy he did the job when his number was called.
No. 2 Clemson outlasts Texas A&M 28-26
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Time after time, No. 2 Clemson missed opportunities to close out Texas A&M.
In the end, the Tigers stepped up and made the one play they had to make to secure the thrilling win.
Kelly Bryant threw for 205 yards and a touchdown and ran for another score to help Clemson escape with the 28-26 victory.
No. 2 Clemson to use 2 QBs at Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — No. 2 Clemson will employ two quarterbacks when the Tigers visit a Texas A&M team on Saturday night that settled its quarterback question in Week 1.
Coach Dabo Swinney said this week that both Kelly Bryant and freshman Trevor Lawrence will play after both performed well in an easy 48-7 win in the season opener last week.
Clemson-Texas A&M matchup headlines ACC’s Week 2 slate
Things to watch in the Atlantic Coast Conference in Week 2:
2 quarterbacks again for No. 2 Clemson against Texas A&M
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Calmly and clearly, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney shared how once more the second-ranked Tigers will use both senior Kelly Bryant and freshman Trevor Lawrence at quarterback at Texas A&M this week.
No. 2 Clemson pounds Furman 48-7, QB question unanswered
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — One game against an overwhelmed opponent isn't enough to push the highly touted freshman quarterback at Clemson past the veteran starter.
Freshman Trevor Lawrence threw three touchdown passes and scored on all five of his drives to help No. 2 Clemson beat Football Championship Subdivision Furman 48-7 on Saturday.
But senior starter Kelly Bryant had a touchdown pass of his own. Lawrence completed 10 passes and Bryant completed nine.
Fans for No. 2 Clemson eager to see QB backup Lawrence
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Forget Clemson's front four of potential NFL draft picks or its talented group of young wide receivers. The loudest cheers at Death Valley in Saturday's opener might be for the second-ranked Tigers backup quarterback.
Many who follow Clemson have awaited the chance to see long-haired, strong-armed Trevor Lawrence o n the field when it counts.
No. 2 Clemson eases into season against FCS underdog Furman
Furman (8-5 last season) at No. 2 Clemson (12-2), 12:20 p.m. ET (ACC Network)
Kelly Bryant to open as quarterback for No. 2 Clemson
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Veteran Kelly Bryant is Clemson's starting quarterback, holding off promising freshman Trevor Lawrence.
The second-ranked Tigers open the season Saturday at home against Furman. The team released its first depth chart Monday with Bryant on top in the closely watched competition.
"Those guys went and battled. Kelly knew what was at stake and responded the right way and earned the position that he's in right now," Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott said.
Clemson QB question: veteran Bryant or newcomer Lawrence?
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — For those expecting clarity on Clemson's quarterback question after the Tigers' first scrimmage, forget it. Incumbent Kelly Bryant and newcomer Trevor Lawrence both played strongly Saturday in a big showing for Clemson's offense.
"I tell everybody, I'd hate to be (quarterback coach) Brandon Streeter," tight end Milan Richard said. "We got guys who can play."
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Most seasons, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney feels excited about his Tigers' chances. He's got more reasons than ever with his latest group.
Clemson opened practice Friday with 57 juniors or seniors, the most Swinney has ever had. They include four potential first-round NFL draft picks on the defensive line in tackles Christian Wilkins and Dexter Lawrence and ends Clelin Ferrell and Austin Bryant.
Clemson is a heavy favorite to win its fourth straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship, and there is a real chance the Tigers could be driving for another playoff spot with a freshman quarterback.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference's Atlantic Division has more questions than answers when it comes to the quarterback position this season.
While North Carolina State, Syracuse and Boston College appear set under center, the four other teams still have things to figure out in the roughly six weeks before the college football season opens.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on the Atlantic Coast Conference's preseason media days (all times local):
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney hasn't decided on his quarterback for the Sept. 1 season opener against Furman.
Swinney says Kelly Bryant has earned the right to go into camp as the No. 1 QB, but Trevor Lawrence and Chase Brice are quickly closing the gap and nothing is settled. Lawrence is widely considered the top incoming freshman quarterback in the country.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is not concerned about his quarterback spot, even though the once-loaded depth at the position has been cut in half.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There's no debate at Clemson heading into the fall — Kelly Bryant is the Tigers' starting quarterback.
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Hunter Johnson, one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2017 recruiting class, is leaving Clemson after one season.
Johnson announced his decision through the school Monday. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound quarterback from Brownsburg, Indiana was ranked the No. 1 high-school pocket passer last year by ESPN. However, Johnson was seemingly caught between Clemson's returning senior starter in Kelly Bryant and this year's No. 1 quarterback prospect in Trevor Lawrence.
14 ACC players who could break out during fall camp
A look at football players in the Atlantic Coast Conference this spring who are poised to break out this fall:
ELIJAH ROBINSON, WR, Sr. — Robinson had two long catches during the spring game — including a 44-yard touchdown. After being converted from quarterback, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder had problems with drops as a freshman but could find a spot in the receiving corps this year.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — This spring was a busy one around the Atlantic Coast Conference — especially for the returning quarterbacks who won division titles last season.
In a conference in which its only new head coach wasted no time getting comfortable in his new position and Louisville developed a replacement for its only Heisman Trophy winner, the main subplot revolved around the seemingly secure QBs who are trying to keep their jobs.
Hunter Renfrow can't walk anywhere around Clemson without the same topic quickly coming up: What's happening at quarterback?
"It's all people want to know about, all the time," said the Tigers' senior receiver.
That's an odd situation for Clemson given it returns a starter in Kelly Bryant who led the team to 12 wins, its third straight Atlantic Coast Conference championship and another spot in the College Football Playoff.
CLEMSON — The Clemson Tigers are back from spring break and counting down to the annual Orange and White game April 14 (2:30 p.m. ESPN).
Backup Clemson quarterback Tucker Israel to transfer
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson is losing another backup quarterback with Tucker Israel's decision to leave the program.
Israel said on the team's Twitter feed Monday he will graduate from Clemson and then seek to play elsewhere. Earlier this month, reserve quarterback Zerrick Cooper also announced he was leaving the Tigers.
Israel is a 5-foot-11, 165-pound quarterback from Orlando, Florida who at Lake Nona High School surpassed Tim Tebow's Florida prep record with 56 passing touchdowns in a season.
Clemson reserve QB Zerrick Cooper decides to transfer
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson reserve quarterback Zerrick Cooper is leaving the Tigers.
Cooper announced his decision on Twitter on Friday. Cooper is a 6-foot-2, 220-pound redshirt freshman from Jonesboro, Georgia. He played in seven games this season behind starter Kelly Bryant, passing for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
CLEMSON -- Clemson held its annual football awards banquet at the Poe Indoor Football Facility on Jan. 13.
First-year Clemson QB Bryant harried by ’Bama defense
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — For Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, replacing Deshaun Watson was never going to be easy.
Watson went down as one of the best college quarterbacks ever; his successor isn't there yet.
Bryant played well enough to get Clemson to a third straight College Football Playoff meeting with Alabama — and then it all went wrong.
The Latest: Alabama stifles Clemson to reach title game
The Latest on the College Football Playoff semifinals (all times EST):
It's an all-SEC showdown for the national championship.
Jalen Hurts threw two touchdown passes to help Alabama defeat Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl semifinal. Alabama will face Southeastern Conference rival Georgia for the national championship on Jan. 8 in Atlanta. The Crimson Tide will be seeking their fifth national title in nine years.
With Watson gone, Alabama poised for redemption vs Clemson
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Deshaun Watson has moved on to the NFL.
That sigh of relief you hear is from Alabama.
Watson lit up the Crimson Tide's stellar defense in the last two national championship games, but Kelly Bryant will be lining up at quarterback for Clemson in Monday night's Sugar Bowl semifinal.
QBs Bryant and Hurts run, pass their way to Sugar Bowl
Jalen Hurts never has to look far for a reminder of the national championship game loss to Clemson.
No. 4 Alabama's quarterback only needs to turn on his phone, which sports a photo of him walking off the field afterward.
"As many times as I open up my phone, I don't look at it like, 'Dang, I lost to Clemson.' I don't do that every time," Hurts said. "But it's definitely there, it's definitely a motivating factor and it's always been."
Clemson has playoff experience, with some exceptions
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson might be making its third trip to the College Football Playoffs, but not all the Tigers have big game experience.