Trevor Lawrence (American football)

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Trevor Lawrence
Trevor Lawrence (American football) Sept 2017.jpg
Lawrence in 2017
Clemson Tigers – No. 16
Career history
Bowl games
High schoolCartersville (GA)
Personal information
Born: (1999-10-06) October 6, 1999 (age 19)
Knoxville, Tennessee[1]
Height6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Trevor Lawrence (born October 6, 1999) is a collegiate American football quarterback for the Clemson Tigers. Lawrence was one of the most highly rated quarterback recruits ever, with multiple recruiting experts calling him a "once in a generation" type of player.[2][3]

Early years[edit]

Lawrence attended Cartersville High School in Cartersville, Georgia. 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 owned by Deshaun Watson, who also played for the Clemson Tigers.[5][6]

Lawrence was a five-star recruit and ranked as the number one overall recruit in his class by, and Lawrence was only the fifth player since 2002 to be the consensus No. 1 prospect, along with Jadeveon Clowney, Vince Young, Ernie Sims and Robert Nkemdiche. Lawrence went wire-to-wire as the No. 1 overall player in the Top100, also the first since Clowney and Nkemdiche.[7][8]

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.[9]

On December 16, 2016, Lawrence committed to Clemson University to play college football.[10][11]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Trevor Lawrence
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.


  • "2018 Team Ranking".

College career[edit]

In 2018, Lawrence led Clemson to an undefeated regular season and 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, advancing to the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game, where they defeated Alabama, 44–16. Lawrence became the first true freshman quarterback to start for a National Champion since Jamelle Holieway in 1985.[12]

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.[13] He was also awarded ACC Rookie of the Year honors.[14]


Year Team Games Passing Rushing
G GS Cmp Att Pct Yards TD Int Rtg Att Yards Avg TD
2018 Clemson 15 11 259 398 65.1 3,280 30 4 157.2 60 184 3.1 1
Career 15 11 259 398 65.1 3,280 30 4 157.2 60 184 3.1 1

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.[15]

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."[16]


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  2. ^ "Trevor Lawrence, College Football's Next Big Thing, Might Not Have to Wait Long". February 6, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields? Debating 2018's top battle". December 6, 2017. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  4. ^ Cartersville quarterback Trevor Lawrence is 2016 Player of the Year
  5. ^ Phil Kornblut (July 17, 2016). "Top QB recruit narrows choices to Clemson, UGA". Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  6. ^ "How Trevor Lawrence, nation's No. 1 sophomore football recruit, survives the hype". October 14, 2015. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  7. ^ "Trevor Lawrence, 2018 Pro-style quarterback -". December 15, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  8. ^ "Trevor Lawrence, Clemson, Pro-Style Quarterback". Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  9. ^ Mike Farrell and Adam Gorney " - Ask Farrell: Is Trevor Lawrence the best QB prospect of Rivals era?". Retrieved 2019-01-08.
  10. ^ "Clemson lands Trevor Lawrence, No. 1 QB recruit of 2018". December 16, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  11. ^ "Nation's No. 1 QB commits to Clemson". December 16, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2019.
  12. ^ Best True Freshman QB seasons
  13. ^ Parks, Chris (January 15, 2019). "Trevor Lawrence Wins Archie Griffin Award". WBTW. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "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.
  15. ^ "The tale of Trevor Lawrence: Small town hero hits the big time at Clemson".
  16. ^ 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.