Dabo Swinney updates injury status of Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence
Clemson fans’ worry over the injury to quarterback Trevor Lawrence appears to be short-lived.
Tigers coach Dabo Swinney said Tuesday that his true freshman signal-caller will more than likely play against Wake Forest this weekend. Lawrence practiced Monday and has apparently cleared concussion protocol after exiting last week’s game against Syracuse following a hard hit to his head and neck.
Dabo Swinney says he "definitely expects" Trevor Lawrence to play against Wake Forest. "That's why I put him back in practice (Monday) night."
— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) October 2, 2018
Lawrence’s injury was one of the biggest stories to come out of college football last weekend, mostly because he was making his first start in the wake of incumbent Kelly Bryant’s decision to transfer. The top recruit in the nation last year according to 247Sports’ composite ratings, Lawrence immediately played up to his potential and earned the starting job over Bryant.
That switch caused Clemson fans tons of anxiety when Lawrence left the game near halftime with the Tigers down 16-7. Bryant’s absence meant the team had to turn to third-string freshman Chase Brice, who managed to lead a late touchdown drive that gave No. 4 Clemson a 27-23 win.
Now it looks like Brice won’t have to shoulder the load in the coming weeks thanks to Lawrence’s speedy recovery. Next time he sees a defender bearing down on him, Lawrence will likely just step out of bounds.