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Trevor Lawrence
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Lawrence at Jacksonville Jaguars Rookie Mini Camp in 2021
No. 16 – Jacksonville Jaguars
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born: (1999-10-06) October 6, 1999 (age 21)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Cartersville (Cartersville, Georgia)
College:Clemson (2018–2020)
NFL Draft:2021 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1
Career history
Roster status:Unsigned draft pick
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

William Trevor Lawrence (born October 6, 1999) is an American football quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL). A top amateur prospect in high school and college, he went undefeated as a freshman at Clemson, concluding with a victory in the 2019 National Championship Game. Lawrence set the Clemson record for career quarterback wins, losing only the 2020 National Championship and 2021 Sugar Bowl. Following his collegiate success, he was selected first overall by the Jaguars in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Early years

Lawrence at Cartersville in 2017

William Trevor Lawrence was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on October 6, 1999.[1][2][3] He later attended Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Georgia, where he played football and basketball. As a junior in 2016, he was The Atlanta Journal-Constitution player of the year after completing 250 of 406 passes for 3,904 yards and 51 touchdowns.[4] As a sophomore, he passed for 3,655 yards and 43 touchdowns and as a freshman had 3,042 yards and 26 touchdowns.

From his sophomore year to his senior year, Lawrence led the Purple Hurricanes to 41 straight victories, winning two state championships and four region titles while also receiving numerous national high school player of the year honors. In 2017, Lawrence broke the Georgia state record for passing yards and passing touchdowns, which were previously held by Deshaun Watson of Gainesville, who also played for Clemson.[5][6]

Lawrence was a five-star recruit who was regarded as one of the best high school quarterback prospects of all time.[7][8][9][10] On December 16, 2016, he committed to Clemson University to play college football.[11][12]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Trevor Lawrence
QB
Cartersville, Georgia Cartersville High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 208 lb (94 kg) Dec 16, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com.

College career

Freshman year

Lawrence started his freshman season behind Kelly Bryant on Clemson's depth chart, but was given equal playing time in the season's first games. Head coach Dabo Swinney named Lawrence the new starter after four games, after which Bryant announced his intention to transfer schools.[13] Lawrence led Clemson to an undefeated regular season, a 42–10 victory over Pittsburgh in the ACC Championship Game, and a bid to play in the College Football Playoff. The Tigers were ranked No. 2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, and defeated No. 3 Notre Dame, 30–3, in the 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic.[14] They advanced to the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game, where they defeated Alabama, 44–16, handing the Crimson Tide their worst loss of the Nick Saban era.[15] Lawrence was named Offensive MVP of the game and became the first true freshman quarterback to start for a national champion since Jamelle Holieway in 1985 for Oklahoma.[16]

Lawrence threw for 3,280 passing yards and 30 touchdowns on the season, and was awarded the National Freshman of the Year and Archie Griffin Award by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.[17] He was also awarded ACC Rookie of the Year honors.[18]

Sophomore year

Lawrence in 2019

Returning for his sophomore year with the Tigers, Lawrence was named preseason ACC Player of the Year and was considered a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy.[19] Relatively inconsistent play in the early part of the season all but lost Lawrence the Heisman Trophy race, but he led FBS in passer rating over the final half of the regular season and ended seventh in Heisman Trophy voting.[20][21] Lawrence helped lead Clemson to an undefeated regular season and an ACC Championship Game victory over Virginia, which gave them the No. 3 ranking in the final College Football Playoff rankings.[22][23] In the 2019 Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State, he had 259 passing yards and two touchdowns to go along with 16 rushes for 107 yards and a touchdown in the 29–23 victory that brought them to the national championship game for the second consecutive year.[24] Lawrence lost the first game of his career in the CFP Championship Game against LSU, as Clemson snapped its 29-game winning streak and lost 42–25. Lawrence posted the worst passer rating of his career as he only completed 18 of 37 passes for 234 yards and zero passing touchdowns in the game.[25][26]

Junior year

Lawrence returned for his junior season with the Tigers. In his first six games of the season, Lawrence threw for 1,833 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. On October 30, 2020, Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19, which resulted in a 10-day quarantine, per ACC protocols. As a result, he missed two games before returning.[27] Clemson lost one of those two games, to Notre Dame. After Lawrence returned to the team, he helped guide the Tigers back to the ACC Championship Game by finishing in second in the division-less format adopted for the 2020 season. They defeated Notre Dame in the rematch in the conference title game with Lawrence starting at quarterback, and were selected to a spot in the College Football Playoff. In the CFP semi-final, the Sugar Bowl, Lawrence and the Tigers lost to Ohio State.

Lawrence finished his final season with the Tigers 231-of-334 for 3,153 passing yards with 24 touchdowns and 5 interceptions. He was named ACC Player of the Year, and finished in second in voting for the Heisman Trophy behind Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith.

Collegiate statistics

Clemson Tigers
Season Games Passing Rushing
GP GS Record Comp Att Yards Pct TD Int Rtg Att Yds Avg TD
2018 15 11 11−0 259 398 3,280 65.2 30 4 157.6 60 177 3.0 1
2019 15 15 14−1 268 407 3,665 65.8 36 8 166.7 103 563 5.5 9
2020 10 10 9−1 231 334 3,153 69.2 24 5 169.2 68 203 3.0 8
Career[28] 40 36 34−2 758 1,138 10,098 66.6 90 17 164.3 231 943 4.1 18

Professional career

One of the NFL's highest regarded amateur prospects, Lawrence was near unanimously projected to be taken first overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.[29][30] Lawrence drew comparisons to Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterbacks John Elway and Peyton Manning and 2012 first overall pick Andrew Luck,[31][32] with the slogan "Tank for Trevor" gaining popularity among fans of struggling teams.[33][34] ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranked Lawrence as his fourth highest-graded quarterback behind Elway, Luck, and Manning.[35]

The Jacksonville Jaguars were expected to draft Lawrence after finishing the 2020 season with a 1–15 record. Although Lawrence had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder in February 2021, his status as the first overall pick remained unquestioned.[36][37] He was officially selected first overall by the Jaguars when the draft was held in April 2021.[38]

Personal life

Lawrence is one of three children of Jeremy and Amanda Lawrence. Lawrence is a Christian.[39][40] He is noted for his long blonde hair.[41][42][43] On April 10, 2021, Lawrence married Marissa Mowry, whom he had been dating since high school.[44][45] Lawrence's older brother, Chase, is a visual artist for whom Trevor has posed for before.[46]

References

  1. ^ Birchfield, Jeff (December 5, 2018). "Freshman Sensation: East Tennessee native Lawrence leads Clemson to playoff". Johnson City Press. Retrieved September 2, 2019. His older brother Chase was born in Johnson City and Trevor in Knoxville, they lived in Washington County before his family moved to Cartersville, Georgia.
  2. ^ Gaydos, Ryan. "Who is Trevor Lawrence? 5 things to know about Clemson's star quarterback". Fox News. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  3. ^ Hood, Nikki (September 3, 2018). "Trevor Lawrence: Not Sunshine, T-Law, or William. Just call me Trevor". TigerNet.com. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  4. ^ Holcomb, Todd (December 22, 2016). "Cartersville quarterback Trevor Lawrence is 2016 Player of the Year". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Cox Enterprises. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Kornblut, Phil (July 17, 2016). "Top QB recruit narrows choices to Clemson, UGA". The Post and Courier. Evening Post Industries. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
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  8. ^ 247Sports staff (December 6, 2017). "Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields? Debating 2018's top battle". 247Sports.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
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  11. ^ Hamilton, Gerry (December 16, 2016). "Clemson lands Trevor Lawrence, No. 1 QB recruit of 2018". ESPN. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
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  13. ^ Robinson, Manie (September 26, 2018). "In exclusive interview, Clemson football QB Kelly Bryant says he will transfer". Greenville News. Retrieved September 26, 2018.
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  19. ^ "Etienne scores 3 TDs as No. 1 Clemson routs Georgia Tech". Reuters. August 30, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
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  31. ^ Howe, Matt (April 19, 2021). "David Pollack defends Trevor Lawrence's comments, compares him to Peyton Manning". 247Sports. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
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  36. ^ "Trevor Lawrence set to throw early for teams to allow for repair of left shoulder labrum". NFL. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  37. ^ "Trevor Lawrence has successful shoulder surgery, expected to be ready for NFL training camp". FOX News. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  38. ^ "Jacksonville Jaguars take former Clemson Tigers stars Trevor Lawrence and Travis Etienne on Day 1 of NFL draft". Retrieved April 30, 2021.
  39. ^ Boren, Cindy (January 8, 2019). "College football's newest darling is Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, a future 'legend'". The Washington Post. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  40. ^ Raynor, Grace (August 3, 2018). "The tale of Trevor Lawrence: Small town hero hits the big time at Clemson". The Post and Courier. Evening Post Industries. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  41. ^ Wolf, Cam. "Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence's Hair Is Almost Better Than His National Championship". GQ. Retrieved April 22, 2020.
  42. ^ Staples, Andy. "Trevor Lawrence's Hair Faces Its Stiffest Challenge Yet in the National Championship Game". SI.com. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  43. ^ McGee, Ryan. "New Jaguars QB Trevor Lawrence has the mane of a man who means business". ESPN. Retrieved May 7, 2021.
  44. ^ Mercer, Kevin. "Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence gets engaged, aims for marriage centered on Christ". Sports Spectrum. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  45. ^ Bayless, Kacen (April 12, 2021). "Former Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence tied the knot in Bluffton on Saturday. Take a look". The State. Columbia, SC.
  46. ^ "The magical connection between Trevor Lawrence and his brother, Chase". ESPN.com. April 27, 2021. Retrieved May 7, 2021.

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