Clemson Quarterback Trevor Lawrence Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Trevor Lawrence, junior quarterback for the No.1-ranked Clemson Tigers and front-runner for the Heisman Trophy, will not play in Saturday’s game against Boston College after testing positive for COVID-19. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney announced the news Thursday night in a statement.

“Trevor has authorized us this evening to announce that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation,” Swinney said. “He is doing well with mild symptoms but will not be available for this week’s game against Boston College.

“While we certainly will miss Trevor, this is an opportunity for other guys to step up and we’re excited about competing against a very good BC team on Saturday. Go Tigers.”

Lawrence has completed 70.7% of his passes for 1,833 yards with 17 touchdowns and two interceptions in leading Clemson to a 6-0 record and the top spot in the USA TODAY Amway Coaches’ Poll.

The Tigers are scheduled to play at Notre Dame a week from Saturday.

According to ACC COVID-19 protocols, players who test positive “shall be isolated for at least 10 days” from the onset of their first positive test. A person with knowledge of Clemson’s testing procedures told USA TODAY Sports the Tigers are tested for COVID-19 on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. This would suggest Lawrence tested positive on Wednesday, which could put him in line to return for the game against the No. 4 Irish.

The person requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

Shortly after the release of Swinney’s statement, Lawrence released a statement of his own on his Twitter account.

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Source: USA Today