Former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant announced a few minutes ago his intention to play his final season in Missouri. We spoke with Cris Ard the publisher of TigerIllustrated who deals with Clemson since Rivals.com about Bryant. See what Ard had to say in this particular question and answer.
What are Bryant's strengths and weaknesses as quarterback?
Cris Ard : Kelly is a game manager at the main position on the field. He does not make many mistakes. And I believe that his athletic ability is underestimated. He is just a passerby. They were never able to fully develop their downfield passing game with Bryant as starting quarterback. As a full-time starter, he was only 1
Obviously, Missouri is losing Drew Lock, who is likely to have a first round of the NFL Draft with one of the best weapons in the country. How else should a crime centering on Bryant differ from one with Lock in the center?
Ard : An offense with Bryant at the helm should focus on a short and medium passing game. I firmly believe in getting players in the best position to run and win. There he can be the most effective. Bryant will not give Missouri an explosive passing game. What he will do is have excellent pocket presence, above average improvisation skills, good scrambling ability, the ability to lose defenders in space, and he usually does not lose a game for you. He is a very confident player, he was in the arena and played in some big ball games. Without him, they certainly would not have beaten Texas A & M this year.
What about Bryant outside the field? Is he a kid whom his teammates and coaches highly appreciated?
Ard : In his four years with Clemson we saw no undercurrent with Bryant, no problems with the locker room and no problems with the field. Bryant has a good personality, a good mind. He is a very personable person. He was highly regarded by his teammates, they considered him a leader, and I think people were reasonably thankful that he was patiently waiting for his move. He has paid his contributions. He has earned everything he ever got on the field. In the end, I believe that several players understandably questioned his abrupt departure.
Obviously it is a unique situation in which he lost his job and decided to transfer the mid-season. Did this decision have more to do with things Bryant did not do, or just that Trevor Lawrence was a man too good to keep out of the field?
Ard : To Be Directly Perfect Trevor Lawrence was just better and the feeling from this corner is that Bryant would not get better. Bryant's position, his argument, was that he had done nothing to lose the job. And that's right. That's one way to look at it. But you do not have to do anything to lose a job. Sometimes the other one is just better. Clemson is arguably the nation's best recruiter on wide receivers. And these players are very important to what they are trying to do offensively. They would not be fully exploited with Bryant as start quarterback. They do not sign 5-star receivers so they can block for four years. Trevor Lawrence can do any throw, he has an incredible arm, he is 6 & 6; his scrambling ability is underestimated and he plays plays. This is a potential three-year type, a potential top five selection in the draft. I do not think Bryant is an NFL-QB.
What are Clemson's feelings towards Bryant after he has decided to leave? Are the people in the program bitter or angry or did they quite understand his situation?
Ard : People are responsible to themselves and their conscience, and Bryant did not like the fact that he had reduced several games as starters to his second year. You wait until it is your turn. Deshaun Watson . They have been on campus for almost four years. Here comes an 18-year-old boy who gains speed and shuts down the tracks before finally pulling out of the August camp. That would be difficult for anyone to handle. It is not exclusive to Bryant. I think people understood his decision to leave.
However, Clemson fans and, in this regard, the players did not value the way it happened when they learned that Bryant was leaving the practice grounds and was training for two days without training. Moreover, they did not appreciate his comments in a local newspaper in which he called the train a slap in the face and, of course, a subsequent interview with Maria Taylor of 1945, […] which was very critical of the decision Bryant weeks earlier. Missouri is a long way from Clemson, so it's possible that Bryant could finally distance herself from a local "quarterback trainer" that many Clemson people have questions about. The coach helped facilitate the interview with Bryant and the local newspaper so that Bryant could publicly express his grievances. The coach is related to the reporter.