Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence, one of the vocal leaders to bring college football back this season amid the pandemic, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network. A source also confirmed the news to 247Sports. With the positive test, Lawrence will not play Saturday against Boston College.
True freshman and former five-star recruit DJ Uiagalelei is expected to start Saturday’s game.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney released the following statement on Lawrence’s positive test:
“Trevor has authorized us tonight to announce that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation. He is doing well with mild symptoms but will not be available for this week’s game. While Trevor will certainly be missed, this is an opportunity for other guys to step up and we’re excited to compete with a really good BC team on Saturday. Go Tigers.
The recent talk about Lawrence has been circulating around next year’s NFL Draft and the No.1 pick overall. Lawrence is the presumed first selection.
Lawrence teased that he was unsure of his future and has not officially ruled out a return to Clemson in 2021. Swinney responded to those comments on Thursday.
“I mean, we’ll definitely let him stay if that’s what he wants to do,” Swinney said Thursday in an interview on SiriusXM Radio, by Rich Cimini from ESPN. “But I’d be surprised if he came back with the Tigers next year, but who knows? You never know. I didn’t think so. Christian wilkins was coming back, but he did. “
At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Lawrence was asked about his future, considering he still had one year of eligibility left after the end of this year’s college football season.
“I don’t know, I mean we’ll just have to see how things go,” Lawrence said. “I think there are a lot of factors to that. Honestly, I just played this year, putting everything I got into it. I don’t really focus on next year, whether I go or go. I stay or whatever, of course I have the option of doing one or the other.
“My state of mind is that I will move on, but who knows? There are a lot of things that could happen. So really focused on this year and not trying to look ahead. Don’t try to worry about it. Obviously I can’t control it and I really trust God has a plan for me no matter where he is. It doesn’t matter where I go, whether it’s across the country, whether it’s close to home, whether I stay another year. No matter what it is, we’ll get there. So I am not sure it is difficult. But we’ll see how it all plays out.
Speaking on “The Flock with Colin Cowherd”, College football analyst Joel Klatt has said he actually thinks the Jets would be an ideal situation for Lawrence starting next season, if he ends up in New York.
“This comment is going to be very popular today, give it some context,” Klatt said. “He was asked a question about his future and he gave an answer he should, which he said I would worry about at a later date. He basically gave a big vague answer. By the way, I think the Jets could be a better location than people think. Let me tell you why the Jets are a better destination than the Cincinnati Bengals with what Joe burrow deals with. Bengals haven’t earned anything in Burrow’s entire life… all I’m saying is it was the same ownership group, they are historically cheap, they had the same issues that pestered them forever . The Jets, I don’t think Joe Douglas fits that mold. He won three Super Bowls. They have a ton of choices.
“If they deal (Sam) Darnold, they’ll get a first (round pick). You have some really good organizations with aging quarterbacks that would want Sam Darnold … I think the Jets have ammo, the GM, they have a great left tackle that they just drafted … Yeah, the Jets are terrible … but this narrative that Lawrence is going to force his exit from New York is overkill, I think it’s media driven. I think Lawrence could watch the Jets and say it’s an attractive place.
In six games in 2020, Lawrence is 135 of 191 passes (70.7%) for 1,833 yards, 17 touchdowns, two interceptions, 71 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns. In his career, Lawrence has 8,778 yards, 83 touchdowns, 14 interceptions, a 66.5% completion percentage, 811 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns.
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No.1 Clemson (6-0) hosts Boston College (4-2) on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.