It is not often that a college football quarterback is compared to Peyton Manning but that has been happening to Trevor Lawrence quite a lot lately.
The Clemson sophomore has begun a second season which could define his future and set him on the path to an elite professional sports career. He is not the only quarterback making the headlines in the NCAAF this season but his stock couldn’t be higher right now.
Let’s take a closer look at what Lawrence and his closest rivals have to offer.
Is Trevor Lawrence the real deal?
It is always hard to tell if a touted prospect is the real deal but in Trevor Lawrence, you only have to look at his numbers to understand why he is so highly thought of. He has been consistently effective since first turning out for the Clemson Tigers who are second favorites behind Alabama in the American football odds market for the NCAAF Championship at +250.
Clemson have the offensive talent to beat any competitor and with Lawrence at QB they have the advantage over almost any other side in college football. In his freshman year, he threw 3,250 yards completing 259 of his throws and helped his team to a 15-0 record. In the first five games of the 2019 season, Clemson have gone unbeaten and Lawrence, despite struggling more in the win against North Carolina, still made the throws he needed to.
“Trevor’s just like anybody,” Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said. “He made some really nice throws when he had to. They ( North Carolina) brought a lot of pressure, they had a really good scheme and put a lot of guys on his face. I thought he did a good job with making some plays with his feet when he needed to. But Trevor’s a competitor. He wants to play very well. I know he’ll go back and watch this, and he’ll have plenty of things to learn from and will help him continue to play better.”
Ones to watch
While Trevor Lawrence grabs the headlines as a potential top draft prospect, plenty of other quarterbacks are putting up good numbers and proving they deserve to be in the conversation. Baylor’s Charlie Brewer carried on his impressive recent form in the win over Kansas State, although he had to leave the match in the fourth quarter after a big hit but he’s been cleared to practice as they prepare for Texas Tech.
Meanwhile, Shea Patterson at Michigan, Justin Fields at Ohio State and Tua Tagovailoa are all top QB prospects amongst an impressive 2019 field but they will have to put up some huge numbers if they are to oust Trevor Lawrence as the number one prospect in his position.
For now, the Clemson star is just concentrating on improving, but the Manning comparisons aren’t going away any time soon.