Less than a year ago, Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence was gearing up for spring practice as the backup signal caller who skipped his senior prom to prove he belonged in college football. He was the future, no doubt, but little did everyone know just how good he would be as a freshman.
What first started out as a quarterback controversy between incumbent starter Kelly Bryant ended with Lawrence turning it into a lopsided affair. The 6-foot-6 quarterback from Cartersville, Georgia was just too good to keep off the field and it forced Bryant to leave town. The rest is history.
In 15 games with 11 starts, Lawrence completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,280 yards with 30 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Most notably, the true freshman quarterback torched the Alabama Crimson Tide to lead the Tigers to the national title in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game.
So what makes Lawrence so good? Former Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins knows. After all, the two had breakfast together quite a bit throughout last season, and the NFL Draft prospect shared his thoughts with Jim Rome.
Trevor Lawrence obviously has the size and talent to be a star quarterback in college and even at the NFL level. What separates him from the rest of the pack right now, however, is a huge sense of maturity and poise at his age.
Basically, Lawrence is the opposite of a Kardashian and it helps makes him really, really good at football.
“He’s as cool as he can be, and I feel like that’s just a testament to [him]. There’s a reason he’s been so successful already in his time just because he’s so nonchalant, just so laid back, so cool, just wants to play the game, just loves the game. [He’s] always appreciative of his opportunities, but he’s just a cool customer.
“There’s people in life who are low maintenance or high maintenance, he’s really like no maintenance. He’s just like, ‘Yeah, whatever.’ He just does his job, shows up, does everything you ask, and he’s a special kid, off the field and just on the field, too. You can see that arm, the way he can sling it, the way he can throw it around. That special talent speaks for itself.”
— Former Clemson Tigers Defensive Tackle Christian Wilkins
Needless to say, the Clemson football team and head coach Dabo Swinney are in good hands with starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence under center.
Add in the fact he is no maintenance and it’s clear he doesn’t have to be a drama queen to be must-see television next season.