Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant missed Tuesday’s practice, a school spokesman confirmed Tuesday evening, one day after being told he was losing his starting job to freshman Trevor Lawrence for Saturday’s game against visiting Syracuse.
Bryant was excused from Monday night’s practice by head coach Dabo Swinney after being given the news of the switch.
A first-year rule in college football allows players to compete in as many as four games and still regain a year of eligibility. In Bryant’s case, as a graduate student, he could sit the remainder of this season and have that full year to use next year at any school he chooses.
There was no indication Tuesday evening that Bryant was considering such a move.
A Clemson spokesman said that Swinney would have further comment on Bryant’s situation on Wednesday morning’s ACC coaches conference call.
Earlier Tuesday, Swinney spent a significant portion of his weekly news conference answering questions about the change at quarterback, noting Bryant did nothing wrong and that Lawrence won the right to start based on overall performance.
While Bryant has a slight edge in completion percentage, Lawrence has a significantly higher efficiency rating and has thrown nine touchdown passes in 60 attempts compared to Bryant’s two in 54 throws.
Bryant started each of the past 18 games for the Tigers, compiling a 16-2 record as a starter. He was knocked-out of last year’s lone regular-season loss against Syracuse after taking a hard hit.