Clemson QB Kelly Bryant to transfer after demotion

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This means college football is about to experience a form of free agency this offseason that the sport has not seen in some time with Bryant, Jalen Hurt and other marquee quarterbacks potentially on the transfer market.

Before Clemson takes on Syracuse on Saturday, Dabo Swinney announced hotshot freshman Trevor Lawrence would be the starting quarterback over incumbent Kelly Bryant.

Bryant started the past 18 games for the Tigers, but he was informed Monday that he had been demoted in favor of freshman Trevor Lawrence.

"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", the Clemson coach said during the ACC's weekly teleconference.

In the end, I think most former Clemson football players have a grasp and understanding on the situation and will continue to both support Kelly Bryant and the Tigers going forward, as we all should. I certainly could have started him this week, which would have limited his options, but that's not how we operate here. I tend to agree with most of Boyd's thoughts.

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Bryant is the fourth quarterback to transfer from Clemson since the end of last season, joining Tucker Israel, Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson. I've never been in trouble with anything. Thanks to the new NCAA rules, Bryant has not played in more than four games this season and has a redshirt year available, which he can use for the 2018 campaign.

Swinney was asked about the controversial "slap in the face" comments by Bryant. "There's tough decisions that have to be made at this level, and you've got to do what's best for the team". But at the same time, I've got to do what's best for me. "But I wouldn't judge him for that".

Swinney spoke with Bryant about numerous topics, and while he ventured into very few intimate details with the media, he did acknowledge the scenario of Bryant never playing another snap for Clemson to retain a full season of eligibility to play elsewhere next season was broached.

"I've been with this senior class for four years", Bryant explained to the Greenville News. I love him and care about him.

Lawrence (above) - a 6-foot-6, 215-pound native of Cartersville, Georgia - has completed 39 of 60 passes for 600 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions through four games.

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