By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Clemson Tigers senior quarterback Kelly Bryant has announced on Wednesday that he intends to transfer. Bryant lost his starting job to true freshman Trevor Lawrence on Monday.
Bryant missed Monday and Tuesday’s practices before making the announcement. The NCAA ruled in June that if a player, who plays in four games or less in a season can still keep their redshirt and transfer without holding out a season.
Bryant made his announcement in an exclusive interview with the Greenville News. He’ll play next season as a graduate transfer, wherever he decides to play.
“I feel like it’s what’s best for me and my future,” Bryant said in his interview with The News. “I was just going to control what I could control and try to make the most of my opportunity, but at the end of the day, I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten a fair shot.”
Bryant had started the last 18 games with the Tigers, going 16-2 over that span. The team lost to the Syracuse Orange after he left with an injury, then lost to the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff.
This season, he has split snaps with Lawrence. The true freshman had a better performance on Saturday against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, which made Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney go with the younger quarterback.
“To me, it was kind of a slap in the face,” Bryant said about being benched.
Redshirt freshman Chase Brice will now serve as Lawrence’s backup for the rest of the season.
Bryant will be the fourth quarterback to transfer from the Tigers. He joins Zerrick Cooper, Tucker Israel and Hunter Jones, who all moved on.
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