One of the top players set to hit the college football transfer market could choose to stay in the same conference. According to a report from Greg Barnes at Inside Carolina, former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant will visit UNC this weekend.
SCOOP: Big-name QB on the transfer market – Clemson’s Kelly Bryant – has scheduled a visit to Chapel Hill. Story … https://t.co/QCIvke3Ibx
— InsideCarolina (@InsideCarolina) October 10, 2018
Less than a month ago, Bryant was the starting quarterback for one of the top four teams in America. As they like to say, though, life comes as you fast.
After playing in the first four games this season, Bryant was benched in favor of true freshman Trevor Lawrence. Once Lawrence was named the starter, Bryant immediately missed back-to-back practices. A day later, Bryant announced his decision to transfer out.
North Carolina, according to the report at IC, wasted no time contacting Bryant after his decision. The senior played in only four games in 2018; as everyone knows now, this means the former Clemson Tiger can preserve his final year of eligibility — the 2019 season.
After backing up Deshaun Watson for two seasons, the 6-foot-3 Bryant landed the starting job in 2017. As a junior, he was pretty darn good — completing 262-of-398 pass attempts (65.8 percent) for 2,802 yards and 13 touchdowns to eight interceptions. Clemson lost just two games all season — at Syracuse when Bryant left the game with a concussion and against juggernaut Alabama in the College Football Playoff.
The writing may have been on the walls of the Clemson football facility — Trevor Lawrence is the future — but Bryant fought and earned the starting job after spring and summer ball and fall camp. He massive in Clemson’s narrow road win at Texas A&M, too,
For the season, Bryant completed 66.1 percent of his passes (8.5 yards per attempt) and threw for two touchdowns. During his career at Clemson, has also run for 987 yards and 16 touchdowns on 257 carries. He was also 16-2 as a starter.
Quick Update: Bryant will visit Arkansas the following weekend (Oct. 20), too.