No QB debate at Clemson: Kelly Bryant No. 1 on depth chart

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — There’s no debate at Clemson heading into the fall — Kelly Bryant is the Tigers’ starting quarterback.

Bryant, the returning starter, was first on the depth chart released by the Tigers on Wednesday with freshman Trevor Lawrence the backup. Bryant will have the spot heading into fall where he hopes to build on his successful season as a first-time starter where he led Clemson to a 12-2 record including an Atlantic Coast Conference title and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

Some fans had pined for Lawrence to overtake Bryant, more of a run-first, dual-threat quarterback who did not put up the passing numbers of his predecessor, national championship winning quarterback Deshaun Watson. Lawrence, who was rated the No. 1 quarterback in last season’s recruiting class, surpassed several of Watson’s Georgia high school records.

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