Clemson currently has 6 scholarship quarterbacks on its roster
No one loves his job as much as Brandon Streeter does.
He is doing what he loves more than anything else, plus he gets to do it at his alma mater.
Streeter loves to coach football, particularly the quarterback position and he is getting to do both at Clemson, where he started at the position from 1998-’99.
“I have great players, man! This is the best,” Streeter said.
The Clemson coach does have great players. In fact, you might argue he has the best of collection of talent in his quarterback room than any other coach outside of the NFL.
This spring, Streeter will welcome back last year’s ACC Championship Game MVP in senior Kelly Bryant, who went 12-2 in his first year as a starter. He also has two former 5-stars at his disposal in sophomore Hunter Johnson and freshman Trevor Lawrence, as well as former four-stars in redshirt sophomore Zerrick Cooper and redshirt freshman Chase Brice.
Also, throw in redshirt junior Tucker Israel into the mix and the Tigers have six scholarship quarterbacks currently on the roster this spring. Three years ago, when Streeter replaced Chad Morris on the coaching staff prior to the Russell Athletic Bowl, he had two scholarship quarterbacks in his meeting room – Deshaun Watson and Cole Stoudt and Watson was out with a torn ACL.
The question this spring is how will Streeter distribute the reps in spring practice?
“The reps are going to be the difficult thing,” Streeter said. “We have always done a good job, and I have always tried to emphasis, whether I’m recruiting a guy or the guys that we have here now: Number one, you gave to earn it. You have to earn your playing time and you have to earn your reps at practice, too.
“A lot of times the reps at practice are not going to be equal. So it is not going to be fair.”
Streeter has always been very clear with his quarterbacks when communicating how many reps they will get in spring practice, fall camp and in practice during the season. The former Clemson quarterback also wants them to understand that right now Bryant is the starter and he is going to get the reps he needs first.
“Then comes Zerrick, Hunter, Tucker, Chase Brice and Trevor Lawrence,” he said. “They are all talented guys and they all have the abilities to be great players. I think it is important for them to continue to take things one day at a time and continue to make sure every rep that they get, they make it count.”
The reason Streeter loves his job so much is because he knows competition is going to make all of his quarterbacks better in the long run.
“As we get closer to the spring, I’ll have to figure out the reps,” he said. “But they are all going to have an opportunity. I mentioned it earlier that Kelly, Zerrick and Hunter have gotten the reps this fall. They are getting all the reps in practice and in games so I need to make sure Chase, Trevor and Tucker get some more reps this spring.”