Trevor Lawrence (American football)

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Trevor Lawrence
Trevor Lawrence (American football) Sept 2017.jpg
Lawrence in 2017
Clemson Tigers – No. 16
PositionQuarterback
ClassSophomore
Career history
College
Bowl games
High schoolCartersville (GA)
Personal information
Born: (1999-10-06) October 6, 1999 (age 20)
Johnson City, Tennessee
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Trevor Lawrence (born October 6, 1999) is a collegiate American football quarterback for the Clemson Tigers. Lawrence is one of the most highly rated quarterback recruits ever, with multiple recruiting experts calling him a "once in a generation" type of player.[1][2]

Early years[edit]

Born in Johnson City, Tennessee,[3] Lawrence 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 and ranked as the number one overall recruit in his class by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com.[7][8] ESPN ranked him second behind dual-threat quarterback and Georgia commit Justin Fields.[9] Fields would transfer to Ohio State after his freshman year, and the two highly touted quarterbacks met in the 2019 Fiesta Bowl, a CFP semi-final.

Lawrence is regarded as the best quarterback prospect ever by Mike Farrell of Rivals, who said the following: "He’s the most special quarterback prospect I’ve seen in all my years at Rivals. Josh Rosen used to hold that title until Lawrence came along but I’ve never seen someone with his combination of size, arm strength, accuracy, field vision, mobility and all the intangibles needed to be great. (...) There have been some amazing talents I’ve seen at Rivals over the years with different skill sets from Vince Young to Matthew Stafford and more, including Rosen, but Lawrence is a different category. Every time I see him, he reminds me of Peyton Manning, except he’s more athletic with a better arm. I know that’s heady and ridiculous stuff, and people who know me know I don’t say stuff like that often, but this kid is special. The comparisons are accurate."[10] On December 16, 2016, Lawrence 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[edit]

2018[edit]

After being named the starting quarterback in week 5, beating out Kelly Bryant, 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 #2 in the College Football Playoff and defeated Notre Dame 30–3 in the 2018 Cotton Bowl Classic,[13] advancing to the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game, where they defeated Alabama, 44–16.[14] Lawrence became the first true freshman quarterback to start for a National Champion since Jamelle Holieway in 1985 for Oklahoma.[15]

After throwing for 3,280 passing yards and 30 touchdowns and being named Offensive MVP of the National Championship and Cotton Bowl games, Lawrence was awarded the National Freshman of the Year and Archie Griffin Award by the Touchdown Club of Columbus.[16] He was also awarded ACC Rookie of the Year honors.[17]

2019[edit]

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.[18] Relatively inconsistent play in the early part of the season all but dropped Lawrence from the Heisman Trophy race, but he led FBS in passer rating over the final half of the regular season and ended at seventh in Heisman Trophy voting.[19][20] Lawrence helped lead Clemson to an undefeated regular season and a ACC Championship Game victory over Virginia, which gave them the No. 3 ranking in the final College Football Playoff rankings.[21][22] 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.[23] 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 completed 18 of 37 passes for 234 yards and zero touchdowns in the game.[24][25]

Statistics[edit]

Year Team Games Passing Rushing
G GS Cmp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rtg Att Yards Avg TD
2018 Clemson 15 11 259 398 65.2 3,280 30 4 157.6 60 177 3.0 1
2019 Clemson 14 14 250 370 67.6 3,431 36 8 173.2 93 514 5.5 8
Career 29 25 509 767 66.4 6,711 66 12 165.1 153 691 4.5 9

Personal life[edit]

Lawrence is the second son of Jeremy and Amanda Lawrence. Lawrence has an older brother named Chase and a younger sister named Olivia. Lawrence enjoys fishing.[26]

Lawrence is a Christian. Lawrence has said, "Football's important to me, but it's not my life. It's not the biggest thing in my life. My faith is. That just comes from kind of knowing who I am outside of that. I just know, no matter how big the situation is, it is not really going to define me...I put my identity in what Christ says, who He thinks I am and who I know that He says I am."[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kirshner, Alex (September 8, 2018). "Who is Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence?". SB Nation. Vox Media. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  2. ^ 247Sports staff (December 6, 2017). "Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields? Debating 2018's top battle". 247Sports.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  3. ^ 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.
  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.
  6. ^ Barnett, Josh (October 14, 2015). "How Trevor Lawrence, nation's No. 1 sophomore football recruit, survives the hype". USA Today. Gannett. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "Trevor Lawrence, 2018 Pro-style quarterback". Rivals.com. December 15, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Pro-Style Quarterback". 247Sports.com. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  9. ^ "2018 ESPN 300". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  10. ^ Farrell, Mike; Gorney, Adam (November 19, 2018). "Ask Farrell: Is Trevor Lawrence the best QB prospect of Rivals era?". Rivals.com. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  11. ^ Hamilton, Gerry (December 16, 2016). "Clemson lands Trevor Lawrence, No. 1 QB recruit of 2018". ESPN. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Kornblut, Phil (December 16, 2016). "Nation's No. 1 QB commits to Clemson". The State. McClatchy. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  13. ^ "Clemson crushes Notre Dame 30-3 in Cotton Bowl". WGN-TV. December 30, 2018. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  14. ^ "Clemson wins college football championship, routs Alabama 44-16". CBS News. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  15. ^ Brown, Matt (November 5, 2015). "Best True Freshman QB Seasons". SportsOnEarth.com. Retrieved September 2, 2019.
  16. ^ Parks, Chris (January 15, 2019). "Trevor Lawrence Wins Archie Griffin Award". WBTW. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "Tigers' Lawrence Named ACC Rookie of the Year". Atlantic Coast Conference. November 27, 2018. Archived from the original on January 16, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "Etienne scores 3 TDs as No. 1 Clemson routs Georgia Tech". Reuters. August 30, 2019. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  19. ^ McGee, Ryan (January 12, 2020). "Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence flies under the radar, again, as the face of college football". ESPN.com.
  20. ^ "Trevor Lawrence drops in ESPN top players ranking". TigerNet.com. December 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "Virginia at Clemson Box Score, December 7, 2019". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  22. ^ Bilodeau, Kevin. "Clemson ranked No. 3 in final College Football Playoff rankings, will play Ohio State in semifinal". Live5News. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  23. ^ "Fiesta Bowl - Clemson vs Ohio State Box Score, December 28, 2019". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  24. ^ "Burrow, LSU cap Heisman season, beat Clemson 42-25 for title". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 13, 2020.
  25. ^ "Trevor Lawrence: Career Game Logs". sports-reference.com. Retrieved January 17, 2020.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ 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.

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