Clemson will be without star quarterback Trevor Lawrence this weekend against Boston College. According to a tweet from NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo, Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19. The news broke on Twitter on Thursday evening.
As of right now, Lawrence has only mild symptoms, according to a statement released by head coach Dabo Swinney.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) October 30, 2020
The full statement from Swinney:
“Trevor has authorized us this evening to announce that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation. He is doing well with mild symptoms but will not be available for this week’s game against Boston College.”
Lawrence is widely considered the top quarterback in college football. He has been especially effective this season. Through six games, the Heisman hopeful has thrown for 1,833 yards and 17 scores while also tossing two interceptions.
Despite his expected absence, this weekend’s game against Boston College shouldn’t be much of an issue for Swinney and company. The Tigers are currently more than a four-score favorite over the Eagles.
If the problem persists into next weekend, however, there could be an issue. Clemson is scheduled to go on the road to take on No. 4 Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish (5-0) joined the ACC temporarily this football season.
According to Adam Schefter with ESPN, Lawrence still has a chance to be available for that game, everything will depend on when his symptoms started.
Trevor Lawrence’s COVID test was taken Wednesday and that counts as day one in his 10-day countdown to be eligible to play next Saturday against Notre Dame, per source. It’s possible he had symptoms earlier, which could even push up his eligibility to play if he tests negative. https://t.co/3xHIFoNAu7
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 30, 2020
It looks like five-star true freshman DJ Uiagalelei could get the start in Lawrence’s place this weekend. What happens beyond that is anyone’s guess.
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