QB Kelly Bryant leaves Clemson

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Kelly Bryant Will Transfer From Clemson

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Wednesday morning that quarterback Kelly Bryant will transfer from his program.

Bryant had yet to make a public comment as of late Wednesday morning.

He told The Greenville News earlier Wednesday of his plans, indicating he did not get a fair shot and that he felt that it was “a slap in the face that he was demoted because he had been such a good player and teammate.”

Bryant added he doesn’t believe there was a reason for him to lose his job and that he holds no ill will toward Trevor Lawrence, the true freshman who unseated him.

Speaking via the weekly ACC coaches conference call Wednesday, Swinney noted he’s “sad Bryant is leaving” but doesn’t agree with Bryant’s claim that he wasn’t given a fair shot.

Bryant was excused from Monday’s practice by Swinney after given the news of his demotion. He skipped Tuesday’s practice on his 22nd birthday.

Bryant was 16-2 as a starter since taking the reigns last season. He was 36-54-1 passing for 461 yards and two touchdowns and at 68% this season. 

He rushed 30 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns.

Bryant becomes the fourth Clemson quarterback to depart from the program with eligibility remaining within a year, joining Hunter Johnson (Northwestern), Zerrick Cooper (Jacksonville St.), and Tucker Israel.

His departure leaves just three quarterbacks on the depth chart with Chase Brice as Lawrence’s back-up and walk-on Ben Batson third.  Batson has recently dealt with a hand injury, according to Swinney. 

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