Clemson doesn't have a quarterback controversy, for now. What is has is riches at the position that the new redshirt rule is allowing it to exploit in impressive fashion.
Trevor Lawerence, the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2018 -- and a hair god if Twitter is a any indication -- didn't have to wait long to make his debut, throwing for 136 yards and three touchdowns in the second-ranked Tigers' 48-0 rout of Furman on Saturday.
The incumbent, did nothing to hurt his standing. Kelly Bryant went 10 of 16 for one score to go along with 44 yards and a TD on the ground. As much as he is criticized for his perceived in ability to throw the deep ball, he hit Derion Kendrick for a 38-yarder to set up a 25-yard rushing TD by the QB.
The mere fact that we saw Lawrence so early -- he entered in Clemson's fourth series -- could mean everything, and it could simply be a byproduct of the new redshirt ruling. Coaches can now use a player in up to four games and still take advantage of a redshirt to maintain an extra season of eligibility.
The usage of Lawrence against the Paladins -- both he and Bryant played five series, including three apiece in the opening half -- may have been Dabo Swinney simply using what amounts to a dress rehearsal as exactly that.
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And then there's the possibility that we've already seen the ceiling for Bryant. He threw for 2,802 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions and ran for 665 yards and 11 scores in starting all 14 games in helping the Tigers return to the College Football Playoff last season.
Bryant, though, had his worst game on the biggest stage as Alabama held him to a season-low 124 yards, no touchdowns and just one yard per carry on 19 attempts in a 24-6 loss in the Sugar Bowl semifinal.
Lawrence's talent is undeniable. His arrival in January led to both Hunter Johnson and Zerrick Cooper transferring -- to Northwestern and Jacksonville, respectively --- but Bryant still won the job out of camp between Lawrence and redshirt freshman Chase Brice.
But there was a different level of effectiveness with Lawerence at the controls. The Tigers scored on all five of his drives, with four TDs and a field goal, a point that is certain to be a talking point heading into next Saturday's trip to Texas A&M to take on the Aggies and a coach all to familiar to the Tigers in Jimbo Fisher.
Again, playing Lawrence there still wouldn't keep Clemson from redshirting him given the new NCAA rules. But if the first taste was any indication, things are bound to get very interesting until he hits that four-game maximum and Swinney has a major decision on his hands.