The good news for Trevor Lawrence is he won’t have to play in New Orleans too often at the next level if all goes as expected.
Just once every four years as a member of the Jaguars, granted he goes pro as expected and is taken first overall.
The superstar quarterback, considered the best prospect at his position since Andrew Luck, tasted defeat for the second time in the Big Easy in the span of a year — the lone two losses of his memorable college career.
Unable to sustain his rhythm after a fast start, Lawrence and Clemson were overwhelmed by underdog Ohio State, 49-28, in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Lawrence declined to reveal his future plans, saying he wants to take the loss in and spend time with his family before making his decision known.
“I’m sure there will be some information that will come out here soon,” he said.
Lawrence threw for 400 yards and connected on 33 of 48 passes, but committed two turnovers and failed to produce much on the ground, held to minus-8 rushing yards after running for a career-best 107 yards in the playoff victory over Ohio State a year ago. He was sacked twice and was frequently under pressure, forced to do most of his damage underneath.
Lawrence admitted there was a difference, with offensive coordinator Tony Elliott not calling plays due to COVID-19 protocols, and quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter not being on the sideline and instead upstairs filling in for Elliott. But he didn’t use it as an excuse.
“Ohio State played a heckuva gane. I’ve got to give it to them,” he said. “They kicked our butts.”
He likely now heads off to the NFL, after twice being named a Heisman Trophy finalist and leading Clemson to 34 wins in 36 starts, a national championship as a freshman and three ACC championships.
“Just finishing with no regrets,” Lawrence said. “Obviously tonight didn’t go well, but I know that the way I prepared, the way this team prepared and then just this whole year, the way we’ve carried ourselves, I’m proud of it. I don’t have any regrets. There’s not much I’d go back and change.”