Clemson Football: Hunter Johnson to transfer, what does it mean?

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Clemson football sophomore quarterback Hunter Johnson will transfer out of the program, according to reports. Here’s what it means for the Tigers.

Sophomore Quarterback Hunter Johnson will be transferring out of the Clemson football program, according to several reports.

TigerIllustrated’s Larry Williams first reported the news Monday morning.

Johnson worked his way up to a co-backup role last season as a true-freshman and was expected to compete this season for more playing time.

Here’s what it means for Clemson going forward without Johnson.

Writing on the Wall…

The truth is that Hunter Johnson must have seen the writing on the wall.

For the past couple of months, every Clemson football fan had pretty much considered the quarterback race a two-person competition. Either you believed in Kelly Bryant or in Trevor Lawrence.

There were very few fans that had Hunter Johnson over those guys. That was prevalent in our Twitter poll we ran last week.

Johnson came and competed. He gave his best and just couldn’t win the job. I’d expect that on the summer depth chart we would’ve seen him in a co-backup role with Trevor Lawrence or even third-string.

You can’t blame him and I respect his decision.

Johnson could start for the majority of Power-5 programs across the nation. The talent is just too rich at Clemson.

As far as moving forward, losing Johnson means that  Clemson only has three scholarship quarterbacks on its roster. The quarterback competition is officially a two-man race.

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Trevor Lawrence is now a guarantee to be your starting quarterback next year assuming health and it will be interesting to see how these guys compete in the summer and fall leading into the 2018 season.