COLUMBIA, SC – NOVEMBER 25: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after his team scores a touchdown against the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Earlier today, Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced he was transferring. Bryant had started the last 18 games for the Tigers, but was demoted to second string over the weekend in favor of true freshman Trevor Lawrence.Bryant will be immediately eligible wherever he plays next season. He was able to retain a year of eligibility despite starting the first four games of this season because of the NCAA’s new transfer rule.Earlier today, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney addressed the news of Bryant’s transfer on the ACC teleconference. Swinney had previously discussed the possibility of Bryant leaving last night.While he admitted he was “saddened and disappointed” and didn’t think Bryant made “a great decision,” Swinney expressed plenty of support and respect for the senior quarterback.“I know we’ve got a lot of people probably on here that want a comment from that, and obviously saddened and disappointed that he’s chosen to leave the team, but I really have absolutely nothing bad that I can say about Kelly Bryant. He’s one of the best young people I’ve ever been around, and even though I don’t think this is a great decision, I certainly respect it, and it doesn’t change anything that I feel for Kelly. I love him, care about him. I wish him nothing but the best, and, again, sad that he has made this decision.“All I can say is another program, wherever he decides to go, is going to get a quality quarterback and a very quality young man. We appreciate everything that Kelly gave to this program while he was here. He’s a graduate, and like I said, he’s one of the best young people you could ever be around. It’s disappointing, but that’s where we are, and something he decided that he felt like was best for him, so you have to respect that.”After backing up Deshaun Watson in 2015 and 2016, Bryant earned the starting nod at Clemson as a junior in 2017. He started all 14 games, helping the Tigers win the ACC and reach the College Football Playoff.In four games this season, Bryant threw for 456 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 144 yards and another score.For his career with the Tigers, Bryant threw for 3,333 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 987 yards and 16 touchdowns.
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