Examining potential transfer spots for Kelly Bryant in 2019
Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant is leaving the program as a transfer with an opportunity to start elsewhere in 2019. Thanks to the new NCAA rules, Bryant has not played in more than four games this season and has a redshirt year available, which he can use for the 2018 campaign. Bryant is leaving Death Valley with one year of eligibility remaining and will be a redshirt senior in 2019. Freshman Trevor Lawrence edged Bryant for the starting job this season.
With Bryant’s transfer in mind, Athlon Sports examined some of the top transfer destinations for a quarterback that will have plenty of suitors. Here are 15 teams to watch:
15 Potential Transfer Destinations for Kelly Bryant in 2019
The Sun Devils are set to lose Manny Wilkins after the 2018 season, so there’s a clear path to start in Tempe.
Former Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris is the head coach at Arkansas after three seasons at SMU. Considering there is some similarity between the two schemes, this would be an easy transition for Bryant and there’s also a favorable path to a starting job.
If Jarrett Stidham decides to leave Auburn for the NFL, Auburn could be a potential landing spot for Bryant. Of course, he would find himself in a similar situation to the one he just left, as the Tigers have a couple of talented young quarterbacks ready for a bigger role in 2019.
Lane Kiffin hasn’t been afraid to dip into the transfer ranks at the quarterback position at FAU. Considering Kiffin’s track record on offense with the Owls, Bryant could land here and the take controls of a high-powered attack.
As a dual-threat quarterback, Bryant would seem to be a strong fit for coach Dan Mullen’s offense.
Let’s group these ACC schools together here. Will Bryant be allowed to transfer within the conference? If so, both of these teams could be in the market for a quarterback for 2019. Louisville has struggled to get consistent play out of Jawon Pass and Malik Cunningham this year, while NC State is set to lose Ryan Finley.
Missouri will have a quarterback battle this offseason, as Drew Lock is set to finish his eligibility at the end of the year.
Another ACC school that’s worth a mention. If Bryant can’t go within the division, could he transfer to the Coastal and play for North Carolina? Clemson plays the Tar Heels next season, so that’s a potential factor to consider on any restrictions with a transfer.
With Kyler Murray off to join the A’s organization after this year, the Sooners have an open spot at quarterback. However, Austin Kendall, Tanner Mordecai and incoming freshman Spencer Rattler provide a crowded path to a starting job.
This spot hinges largely on what Justin Herbert decides to do this offseason. Will the junior declare early for the NFL Draft?
Bryant is a native of South Carolina, so this would allow him an opportunity to remain in his home state. However, this is really only an option if quarterback Jake Bentley decides to go to the NFL.
New coach Jeremy Pruitt has already showed he's not afraid to dip into the graduate transfer ranks for help, and Bryant would certainly be an upgrade at quarterback in 2019.
The Commodores are set to lose quarterback Kyle Shurmur after the 2018 season, and there’s little in the way of proven depth or experience behind him. Deuce Wallace is set to return to the team next fall after missing 2018 due to suspension.
Bryant isn’t necessarily the best fit for West Virginia’s offense, but coach Dana Holgorsen’s team will have a void under center with Will Grier out of eligibility at the end of the 2018 season.