Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence ruled out for Notre Dame game

By Matt Johnson
Oct 24, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) warms up before their game against Syracuse at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson Tigers star quarterback Trevor Lawrence will miss next Saturday’s game against Notre Dame, missing a second consecutive start due to COVID-19.

Lawrence, the projected No. 1 pick in our latest NFL mock draft, tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. He missed Saturday’s game, a narrow win over Boston College, and the No.1-ranked Tigers will be without him in Week 10.

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Lawrence tested positive for the virus on Thursday and is experiencing mild symptoms. While he won’t be sidelined for 21 days, a requirement in the Big Ten, the ACC’s guidelines rule that he must isolate for 10 days.

Following Saturday’s win, head coach Dabo Swinney announced that Lawrence is out for next week’s game against the Fighting Irish. He won’t travel to Notre Dame Stadium, meaning freshman D.J. Uiagalelei will start.

Uiagalelei, the No.1 pro-style quarterback in the 2020 recruiting class, impressed against Boston College. The true freshman completed 30-of-41 attempts for 342 passing yards, two touchdowns and a 92.7 QBR. He also did some damage on the ground, rushing for 25 yards and a score.

The 6-foot-4 quarterback boasts incredible arm strength with some impressive athleticism for a passer of his size. After tearing up the Eagles’ secondary this week, he’ll face a far greater challenge in Week 10.

Ruling Lawrence out for the matchup against Notre Dame gives him more time to make a full recovery. Clemson’s next game will be on Nov. 21 against Florida State. If the Tigers can pull off a victory over Notre Dame, they will coast to the College Football Playoff and should have their leader back under center.