Clemson QB Kelly Bryant Announces Decision On His Future

first_imgKelly Bryant of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship.CHARLOTTE, NC – DECEMBER 02: Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after a touchdown against the Miami Hurricanes in the third quarter during the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Just three days after being told he was no longer Clemson’s starting quarterback, Kelly Bryant has made a decision on his future. The senior signal caller will transfer.Bryant revealed the news this morning in an exclusive interview with Manie Robinson of  The Greenville News. On Sunday, Bryant was informed by Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney that true freshman Trevor Lawrence was going to be the starting quarterback.Bryant is able to transfer thanks to the new NCAA redshirt rule. Because he only played in four games this season, Bryant has not lost a year of eligibility.He can graduate and transfer elsewhere, where he’ll be immediately eligible in 2019.BREAKING: Kelly Bryant tells the Greenville News he’ll transfer out of Clemson.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) September 26, 2018In his interview with Robinson, Bryant says he feels he “didn’t get a fair shot” this season and felt being demoted was “a slap in the face.”“They asked me how I felt about it,” Bryant said, recalling his meeting with Swinney. “I was like, ‘I’m not discrediting Trevor. He’s doing everything asked of him, but on my side of it, I feel like I haven’t done anything to not be the starter. I’ve been here. I’ve waited my turn. I’ve done everything y’all have asked me to do, plus more.’“I’ve never been a distraction. I’ve never been in trouble with anything. To me, it was kind of a slap in the face.”The senior missed the last two days of practice after Swinney told him Lawrence was now the starter. On Monday, Swinney expressed support for Bryant if he told him he wanted to transfer.“Certainly if he walked in here today and said, ‘Hey, coach, I don’t want to play the rest of the year unless you’ve got to have me,’ well ‘Ok, if that’s what you want to do, I’m all for it.’ I love Kelly,” Swinney said. “I would be disappointed in that because we need him. But I wouldn’t judge him for that.”Bryant has started the last 18 games for Clemson. For his career, he’s thrown for 3,333 yards, 16 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He’s also rushed for 987 yards and 16 touchdowns.The list of programs interested in Bryant for 2019 will be a long one. He’s a dual-threat with experience at the highest level of college football.Stay tuned for more on this breaking story.last_img read more