With so much talk about Bryant, Cooper, Johnson and Lawrence people forget how good Chase Brice is
Kelly Bryant is currently Clemson’s starting quarterback, and why wouldn’t he be? He just led the Tigers to a third straight ACC Championship, a third straight College Football Playoff Appearance, a 12-2 record and a No. 4 final ranking in both the Associated Press and the USA TODAY Coaches Poll.
Then there is Hunter Johnson and Zerrick Cooper, two guys that were listed as the Tigers’ backup quarterbacks in 2017 and two that should come into spring ball as the co-No. 2.
Then there is freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence, who comes in as the National High School Player of the Year and the No. 1 overall prospect in the country according to 247 Sports.
These are the four guys everyone seems to be talking about in regards to the Tigers’ quarterback dilemma this spring. However, there is one more guy on the roster that the other four should concentrate on when it comes to competition.
Chase Brice is no push over. He is a winner. He knows how to play the quarterback position, and he knows how to lead a team to a championship.
In high school, Brice led Grayson High School in Georgia to a 14-1 record and the AAAAAAA State Championship his senior year. He was 40-7 overall in his four seasons as a starting quarterback.
In Grayson’s run to a state title, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback completed 173-of-269 passes for 2,830 yards and 33 touchdowns to go along with just three interceptions.
“I have been very pleased with Chase,” Clemson quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter said. “Everybody kind of forgets about him because he was redshirted, but he was redshirted with a purpose and he knew that.”
That purpose was to get him ready to compete this spring in a quarterback competition that will be one of the most remembered in Clemson history.
“The day we decided to redshirt him, I sat him down and said, ‘Look, everyday counts. If you go into a practice and a day and just check the box and don’t really have that intensity about getting better then you are going to miss out on an opportunity because it is going to matter in the spring,’” Streeter said.
Streeter said Brice had a great year of learning the system. Each week Brice had certain concepts of what he needed to really conquer and master. He used virtual reality, more film work and all of those kinds of tools to help him learn.
“He has done a great job of that,” Streeter said. “He sits in my meetings half the time and then the other half of the time he is working on virtual reality or watching reps happen on video. Then after we got into the bowl game, we had these opportunities for those guys to scrimmage a little bit, those redshirt guys and he has done very well.”
Streeter said Brice had a great couple of weeks during bowl prep and it will be very beneficial to him when spring practice begins around the first of March.
“He has all the tools. He really does,” Streeter said. “He has great size. He moves well. He has unbelievable arm strength and he has a great head on his shoulders. He is smart and he understands the big picture.”