Former Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence Declines Invite, Chooses Not to Attend NFL Draft

Most college football players strive for an invitation to the NFL Draft.

However, for former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, that does not appear to be the case.

Lawrence has already shown many times that he is not your normal player, that he is in a class of his own. Now he has given us another example of that.

The player most have pegged as the top pick in the upcoming NFL Draft has reportedly turned down the NFL’s invite to hear his name called in person, instead choosing to stay home and watch with family.

Lawrence left Clemson as one of the most decorated quarterbacks in school history. He had 758 completions on 1,138 attempts for 10,098 total yards, 90 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions.

He finished as the runner up in the Heisman voting last season, an award he quite possibly wins if not for testing positive for COVID-19 and not getting on the field for five straight weeks.

Recorded one of the most celebrated careers by a quarterback in college football history from 2018-20, leading Clemson to a national championship as a true freshman in 2018 and serving as the face and voice of the sport in the two seasons that followed … concluded his career 34-2 (.944) as a starter, the third-best winning percentage by a starting quarterback with at least 30 career starts since Division I split in 1978, trailing only Miami’s Ken Dorsey (.950) and USC’s Matt Leinart (.949), according to ESPN Stats & Info … exited as the winningest starting quarterback in Clemson history, surpassing the 32 career wins held by Rodney Williams, Tajh Boyd and Deshaun Watson … finished second in 2020 Heisman Trophy voting, tying Deshaun Watson for the highest finish in school history … completed 758-of-1138 career passes (66.6 percent) for 10,098 yards with 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions for a pass efficiency rating for 164.26 in 2,237 snaps over 40 career games (36 starts) … also rushed 231 times for 943 career rushing yards and 18 rushing touchdowns, the fifth-most career rushing touchdowns by a Clemson quarterback in the modern era … finished career undefeated as a starter in regular season play and did not lose a regular season game at either the high school or collegiate levels … made five career College Football Playoff starts, tying Jalen Hurts for the most by a quarterback and setting the record for the most at a single program … exited with Clemson career records in career winning percentage (.944), pass efficiency rating (164.3), yards per passing attempt (8.87) and tying for the most wins against Top 25 opponents (nine) … finished in the Top 5 in school history in career completion percentage (66.6, second), passing touchdowns (90, tied for second), interception percentage (1.49, second), passing yards (10,098, third), total offense yards (11,041, third), touchdown responsibility (108, third) and completions (758, fourth) … started the final 11 games in 2018 as a true freshman in helping Clemson become the first major college football team in the modern era to go 15-0 … helped the squad win each of its last 10 games by 20 points or more … became the first true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a national title since 1985 … was a consensus freshman All-America honoree who earned a bevy of nation-wide and conference-wide honors for both his athletic and academic success … his 164.26 career pass efficiency rating broke Jameis Winston’s ACC career record (163.28 from 2013-14) … first quarterback ever to win three ACC Championship Games … was only the sixth quarterback in ACC history to record 10,000 career passing yards and finished tied for third in conference history in career passing touchdowns.

Courtesy of Clemson Athletics

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