PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – AUGUST 7
By Leo Haggerty
The consensus #1 pick in the 2021 National Football League Draft, Clemson junior QB Trevor Lawrence, has made a decision on the whether to play or sit out the 2020 NCAA football season. #16 has said he’s “100 percent committed” to lining up under center for the Tigers.
Lawrence, along with senior running back Travis Etienne who also has chosen to return for the 2020 campaign, will give the Orange & Purple an explosive offensive tandem. Add to the mix Defensive Coordinator’s Brent Venables usual suffocating defense and it looks like CU will be the team to beat come playoff time again.
The biggest concerns Lawrence had were twofold. The first was what safety protocols Clemson University would initiate once the campus was reopened in the fall. The second was whether there would be a full 12-game season.
If I were at that press conference, I would have to ask Lawrence one simple question. It would be if he had led the Tigers to a second National Championship, would he be so adamant about returning to the gridiron at the college in upstate South Carolina.
I believe the answer would have been no. That’s because the 6’6″ Georgia native would have been undefeated as a collegian as well as being in possession of two CFP championship trophies.
Right now, I think Lawrence, and the rest of the Clemson football program from Head Coach Dabo Swinney down to the athletic department trainer, have the motto of “Unfinished Business” when it comes to the upcoming football season. That doesn’t bode well for any of the Tigers opponents.
If we have a playoff, I wouldn’t bet against the Tigers taking home the hardware. The only other time Clemson was beat in the National Championship finals, CU took home the prize the following season.
So, when we have the College Football Playoff Championship game in Miami, look for the Orange & Purple to come out of one of the tunnels right before kickoff. Who will be their opponent, as well as when will the game be played, are the bigger questions.