Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence proved in 2019 that he can beat teams with his legs as well as his arm (Photo by Scott Utterback/Courier Journal)
As a true freshman, quarterback Trevor Lawrence wowed the college football world with his ability to push the ball down the field. Considered one of the best quarterback prospects of all-time coming out of high school, expectations were high.
As high as those expectations were, Lawrence exceeded them all. After winning the starting job over the incumbent senior Kelly Bryant a month into the season, Lawrence led the Tigers to their second national title in three seasons with a perfect 15-0 record.
In his second season at the helm, Lawrence evolved as a quarterback. Deceptively quick and with a firm grasp on the offense, the coaching staff turned him loose and let him show off his running ability as a sophomore.
Not only was Lawrence very successful on designed runs, he was one of the best in the country at using his legs to pick up yards after a play had broken down. Heading into this season, only two other quarterbacks averaged more yards per rush on scrambles.
It will be interesting to see how the coaches use Lawrence in the running game this season. While they will no doubt take advantage of his ability to make plays with his legs, the question is does he take on less of a workload.
Travis Etienne came back to improve his draft stock. Tony Elliott emphasized in the spring that he would make it a point to get the ball in his star running back’s hands more often. It is conceivable to think that the number of carries Lawrence gets on designed runs could decrease a little.
We will see how it plays out.