Trevor Lawrence was not cleared to play in Clemson’s game against Notre Dame on Saturday, but he was able to be on the sideline and serve as a “coach.”
The two ideas seem to be at odds: if Lawrence can’t play because he tested positive for COVID-19, why would he be allowed on the sideline?
The answer is that Lawrence cleared his 10-day quarantine period from his initial positive test, which came on Wednesday, Oct. 25. However, Lawrence still needs to complete a 3-part screening test for myocarditis, which can take a few days.
Lawrence is no longer believed to be at risk of transmitting COVID-19 to anyone else. However, he needs to complete heart testing before being allowed to play.
This is the second game Clemson is playing without Lawrence. They beat Boston College 34-28 last weekend to improve to 7-0. D.J. Uiagalelei is getting his second career start after accounting for three touchdowns against BC. He threw for two touchdowns in the first three quarters against ND.
Lawrence has 1,833 passing yards and 17 touchdown passes this season.
Clemson fans have some tactics to try to convince Trevor Lawrence to stick around for his senior year.
A group of Clemson fans traveled for the team’s crucial game against Notre Dame on Saturday. Lawrence won’t be playing as he works through the protocols following his positive test for COVID-19, but he still joined the team for the road trip. While heading into Notre Dame Stadium, the Clemson fans on the scene offered Lawrence a reminder of what could await him in the NFL if he goes pro after this season.
The Jets, of course, are regarded as one of the worst organizations in the NFL. Whether Lawrence wants to risk falling into that situation has been the subject of much debate.
There’s always the chance that Lawrence could return to school, as unlikely as that is. One NFL legend recently proposed another course of action he could take instead.
The New York Jets’ greatest-ever quarterback could understand why Trevor Lawrence might not want to play for the franchise.
Joe Namath said Friday that he could see a scenario in which Lawrence might engineer a scenario in which he avoids the Jets, including a potential trade.
“Anything could happen in this world, damn near anything — except for the Jets maybe making the playoffs this year,” Namath told ESPN’s Rich Cimini. “It’s happened before, so why would it shock anybody?
“Thinking back to the Manning family and Eli Manning and San Diego, there are some people that may not want to go [to a certain team] for whatever reason.”
Namath added that Lawrence is “sensational.” He also praised Sam Darnold’s upside, but admitted he has “sometimes” been disappointed with the quarterback’s progress.
Lawrence has left the door open to returning to Clemson. A trade scenario, similar to Eli Manning engineering a move to the New York Giants on draft day 2004, is also plausible. Lawrence probably hasn’t thought about that. That said, when even Namath understands why someone might want to avoid the Jets, that’s a bad sign.
Despite being ruled out of Saturday’s game against Notre Dame, Trevor Lawrence will help the Clemson Tigers in a different way.
Coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday that Lawrence will travel with the team and essentially serve as an assistant coach to aid quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei. Swinney cited Lawrence’s knowledge of the game as a reason.
“He’s been there,” Swinney said, via Todd Shanesy of the Greenville News. “I think he’ll be able to bring a great presence. He’s got a great mind. He’s got great eyes. So he’s going to be Coach Lawrence.”
Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19 last Wednesday and has been isolating since then. Swinney has said the quarterback simply won’t have the necessary time to pass the required protocols in order to play.
Lawrence and Uiagalelei clearly have a strong relationship. Lawrence has been through a lot of situations and has won a title as well. That experience will be valuable against Notre Dame. It’s completely understandable why Clemson would want him to make the trip.
D.J. Uiagalelei and Trevor Lawrence traded classy tweets after the Clemson Tigers won a tight game against Boston College on Saturday.
Lawrence was unable to play in the game after testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Uiagalelei, who is a true freshman and Lawrence’s backup, got his first career start.
Uiagalelei went 30/41 for 342 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 25 yards and a touchdown.
Lawrence shared how happy he was for the team and expressed pride in Uiagalelei’s performance.
D.J. responded sharing love right back to Lawrence and giving him credit.
Lawrence is a top quarterback in the country, so there were some questions about how Clemson would look without him. Uiagalelei proved that the Tigers are still in very good hands even without their star quarterback.
Getting some experience is helpful too since D.J. is expected to start next week in Clemson’s game against Notre Dame too.
Trevor Lawrence’s positive coronavirus test will keep him out next week against Notre Dame.
Dabo Swinney confirmed after Saturday’s win over Boston College that Lawrence will not play next Saturday. No further information was given.
Guidelines indicate that a 10-day quarantine is necessary for those who test positive for COVID-19. Lawrence could have played against Notre Dame under that timetable. However, that was always going to be dictated by Lawrence’s symptoms and passing the relevant protocols. Via ESPN’s Andrea Adelson, Swinney said Lawrence simply would not be able to pass all those protocols in time to play.
Clemson will likely go with DJ Uiagalelei once again. Uiagalelei started in the Tigers’ slim win over Boston College, going 30/41 for 342 yards and two touchdowns.
Trevor Lawrence could be cleared in time to play for Clemson against Notre Dame despite his positive COVID-19 test.
Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to a few reports. He is already isolating in order to avoid spreading the virus.
Lawrence says he has mild symptoms.
The Clemson Tigers quarterback will miss Saturday’s game against Boston College. However, he could return for the Notre Dame game the following weekend.
Clemson is following the CDC guidelines suggesting a 10-day quarantine for those who have tested positive for the virus. His availability will depend on how his symptoms evolve and a cardiac evaluation, according to Pat Forde.
D.J. Uiagalelei and Hunter Helms are next up on the Clemson quarterback depth chart.
Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19 according to a report, which will put his availability for Clemson in question.
NFL Media’s Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport reported on Thursday about Lawrence’s positive test. Lawrence will miss Clemson’s game on Saturday against Boston College as a result. His status for the team’s game against Notre Dame the following week is in question.
Lawrence is arguably the most well known player in college football. He won the national championship with Clemson as a freshman two years ago and reached the championship game last year before losing to LSU.
As a junior this year, Lawrence has passed for 1,833 yards, 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. The Tigers are 6-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country.
Clemson should still be in capable hands without Lawrence. Quarterbacks D.J. Uiagalelei and Hunter Helms have both seen action this season and should be well prepared to step in for the Tigers.
Will Trevor Lawrence spurn the chance to be a top draft pick and return to Clemson in 2021? It’s been a hot topic of conversation lately, fueled in part by Lawrence himself.
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney offered his own opinion on Thursday. Swinney said he didn’t expect Lawrence back for his senior season, but knew better than to rule it out entirely.
“I mean, we’ll certainly let him stay if that’s what he wants to do,” Swinney said, via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “But I’d be surprised if he’s back with the Tigers next year, but who knows? You never know. I didn’t think Christian Wilkins was coming back, but he did.”
There is precedent for Clemson players staying longer than expected. In addition to the Wilkins example, running back Travis Etienne stuck around for his senior year despite expectations that he’d turn pro. Lawrence has left the door open to doing it himself, which is why Swinney is talking about it at all.
One possible motivator might be avoiding the New York Jets, who are favored to land the top pick. Some have advised the Clemson quarterback to do just that, but Lawrence has said that’s not a consideration.
Trevor Lawrence is all but guaranteed to be the top overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but is there a chance he could return for his senior season at Clemson? The quarterback is not willing to rule it out entirely.
Lawrence was asked on Tuesday about turning pro, and he said he has been operating as if this will be his last year in college. However, he left the door open to remain at Clemson next year.
“My mindset has been that I’m going to move on,” Lawrence said, via ESPN. “But who knows? There’s a lot of things that could happen.”
The New York Jets are currently the only winless team in the NFL and are the obvious favorite to earn the No. 1 pick in the draft. Some feel Lawrence would be better off playing another year of college than launching an NFL career with the Jets, but he doesn’t seem concerned about that.
“No matter where I go — whether that’s across the country or whether it’s close to home, whether I stay another year — we’ll work it out,” Lawrence said.
Lawrence has completed over 70 percent of his passes this season and has 1,833 yards, 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions. Clemson fans would love if he returned for his senior year, but it still seems highly unlikely.
We know at least one former Pro Bowler who thinks Lawrence should stay in college if the Jets get the top pick. New York has been a disaster under Adam Gase, but he probably won’t be the coach next season. That should make Lawrence feel at least a little better about potentially being drafted by the Jets.