Freshman listed as starter for Saturday's game at Wake Forest
It appears Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence will be available when fourth-ranked Clemson travels to Wake Forest this Saturday for a 3:30 p.m., start.
Head coach Dabo Swinney said on his weekly call-in show Monday night that the true freshman not only practiced on Monday, but he also took every snap with the first-team offense.
“He looked great. He feels great,” Swinney said. “That is a big blessing for us.”
Swinney is amazed to see Lawrence back to full strength so fast after he took such a nasty hit near the Syracuse sideline late in the second quarter this past Saturday. At the time, Clemson was worried it was a concussion, but test results showed it was also a neck strain.
Lawrence, who went through the concussion protocol as well, did not return to the game as redshirt freshman Chase Brice led the Tigers’ back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit thanks to two long touchdown drives, including a 13-play, 94-yard game winning drive in the final minutes, which running back Travis Etienne capped with a 2-yard run with 41 seconds to play.
Earlier on Monday, Clemson released its depth chart for Saturday’s game in Winston-Salem, N.C., and Lawrence was listed as the starting quarterback.
“His neck is not quite as sore (on Monday),” Swinney said. “He was pretty sore on Sunday, but everything checked out and all of that. He was back out there and took all the reps. He looked good.”
Lawrence looked good prior to his injury against Syracuse. The Cartersville, Ga., native completed 10-of-15 passes for 93 yards in a little less than two quarters of play against the Orange.
Swinney says the Tigers seem to be in great shape from a health standpoint as they head into Week 6 of the season.
“We are just thankful for the health that we do have,” he said. “We have a few guys, after a few games, banged up here and there, but nobody that I think that will not be able to play on Saturday.”