Clemson starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence met with the media on Tuesday afternoon, previewing the Tigers upcoming game against the Florida State Seminoles and also spoke on returning from COVID-19 and his shrinking Heisman Trophy odds.
Lawrence, who missed the Tigers games against Boston College and the second ranked Notre Dame, is available and will return to play on Saturday for Clemson.
“The only issue was probably being a little rusty, you know like timing wise. I felt really good physically, but it took me a few days to get back into shape.” Said Lawrence about returning to practice last week before the Tigers got the weekend off.
After the junior quarterback went through his 10-day isolation period, he missed the Tigers top-four ranked road matchup with the Fighting Irish due to the school’s cardiac assessment following a positive test.
The Georgia native also had some high praise for his predecessor, D.J. Uiagalelei. Uiagalelei threw for over 350+ yards in both starts and showed why the college football world should watch out for him in years to come.
“He’s got a level of confidence now that he’s gone out there and proved that he can do it even though he’s a freshman.” Said Lawrence “Obviously he has all the talent, and now I think he has a lot of confidence. He still has a lot to learn, but he’s starting to piece things together and the experience he’s gotten the last two weeks is pretty rare for a freshman.”
Lawrence also talked with the media about his shrinking Heisman Trophy odds. Before his COVID positive test result three weeks ago, Lawrence was the front runner for the award, which would be Clemson’s first ever Heisman winner. Florida’s Kyle Trask and Alabama’s Mac Jones have now jumped the junior in Vegas odds.
“That’s something you have to perform and play well to be in the running for, and that definitely hurts you when you don’t play for two weeks. No watchlist or award list is going to affect the way I perform and the confidence I have though.”
Lawrence and the offense will look to get going at noon on Saturday. The game in Tallahassee can be viewed on ABC.
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