Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence declares for NFL Draft

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence declares for NFL Draft
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is untouched as he scores in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Wake Forest, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020 at Truist Field in Winston-Salem, N.C. (Walt Unks/Winston-Salem Journal) (Source: Walt Unks)

CLEMSON, S.C. (WYFF/WMBF) - Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence made it official Wednesday morning - his time as a Tiger has come to an end.

Lawrence has declared for the 2021 NFL draft and is expected to be the first overall pick.

Below is the announcement he made on social media:

“I hope my legacy at Clemson is that I was a great teammate and a great person, overall. More than football, more than how I played each game - just how I treated people I want that to be the main thing that I’m known for,” Lawrence said in his announcement.

“I’ve learned a lot from Coach Swinney and all my coaches...to all my teammates over the past three years-it’s been the most fun ride I’ve been on. I’ll look back on these three years and have the best memories. Winning a national championship, winning a lot of games...but moreso the little moments, being in the locker room, being at practice, spending every day together and having those memories of us laughing and cutting up..those are things I’ll remember forever.”

Lawrence, the presumptive No.1 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, also added that he is looking forward to what the future has in store, “Super excited for life ahead, the best is always yet to come but I’m grateful for Clemson and I’m going to miss it.”

On Tuesday night, Lawrence finished second in voting for the Heisman Trophy, college football’s most prestigious award. Lawrence and Deshaun Watson are the only Clemson players to be named finalists for the trophy.

Lawrence concluded his junior season 34-2 (.944) for his career as a starter, the third-best winning percentage by a starting quarterback with at least 30 career starts since Division I split in 1978, trailing only Miami’s Ken Dorsey (.950) and USC’s Matt Leinart (.949), according to ESPN Stats & Info.

Lawrence (3,153) also posted the ninth 3,000-yard passing season in Clemson history. He joined Tajh Boyd as the only players in Clemson history to accomplish the feat three times.

Following the Tigers’ last game of the season, a loss to Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl, Lawrence posted his third career 400-yard passing game to tie Tajh Boyd for the second-most in school history. He also posted his 13th career 300-yard passing game to tie Deshaun Watson for second-most in school history.

With performances against Notre Dame and Ohio State, Lawrence also recorded 300 passing yards in consecutive games for the first time since College Football Playoff games against Notre Dame and Alabama to conclude the 2018 season.

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