Clemson Senior QB Kelly Bryant Transferring After Being Replaced By Freshman

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He was a guest on ESPN's First Take show on Wednesday and talked about the recent news of Kelly Bryant's departure and how Dabo Swinney handled the hard situation.

After playing both QB's over the first four weeks of the season, Dabo Swinney handed over the reins to Lawrence full-time, leading Kelly Bryant to announce his intent to transfer away from Clemson.

Clemson senior quarterback Kelly Bryant is transferring, the 22-year old told The Greenville News Wednesday morning.

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant feels he didn't get a fair shot to keep his job and has chose to transfer after highly touted freshman Trevor Lawrence was named the starter for the third-ranked Tigers.

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. That is the reason for the decision, as Clemson is 4-0, but Lawrence has provided much, much more offense in his time on the field. After some soul searching, Bryant will transfer from Clemson.




Bryant has taken the first snaps in each game so far but has split time relatively evenly with Lawrence, and Swinney had said he expected them to keep sharing the load going forward.

After Lawrence's steady play against Georgia Tech prompted Swinney to name him as this weekend's starter, Bryan made a decision to call it a career with Clemson - arguing the demotion was "a slap in the face". I was like, 'I'm not discrediting Trevor (Lawrence).

"Obviously saddened and disappointed that he's chosen to leave the team, but I really have absolutely nothing bad that I can say about Kelly Bryant", Swinney said. I certainly could have started him this week, which would have limited his options, but that's not how we operate here. As a starter, Bryant is 16-2. I've been here. I've waited my turn.

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"I've never been a distraction", Bryant added. I love Kelly. I wish him all the best. I've never been in trouble with anything. And I would make it all over again because I believe that it's what's right for our team, and I feel like Kelly would have continued to help us win and play a lot, but it's not what he wanted to do. One school that could be a landing spot is Arkansas who is led by former Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris. He made a decision he felt was best for him, and you have to respect that and move on. "To me, it was kind of a slap in the face".

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