Clemson Football: How are the QBs shaping up post-spring?

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 28: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks to pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, ARIZONA - DECEMBER 28: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers looks to pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second half during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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The Clemson football team had its spring practice cut short. Here’s a look at the quarterback position as we head into the post-spring.

The 2020 Clemson football team is considered the odds-on favorite to win the National Championship.

The Tigers return a ton of talent across the board and we are now in the ‘post-spring’ phase. There are still many questions as to when- and if- the Clemson football players will return to campus and what that will mean for the start of the season.

As of right now, though, we at Rubbing the Rock are going to continue preview the season and today we’ll begin our series looking at each position with a post-spring analysis. Let’s take a look at the quarterbacks.

Post-Spring Projected Depth Chart:

Starter: Trevor Lawrence

Post-Spring Analysis:

When you look at the quarterback position, the starter is already etched in stone. Trevor Lawrence will be coming back for his third season as the starting quarterback and he will have the opportunity to compete for a third-straight National Championship appearance.

Lawrence is considered one of the favorites in the 2020 Heisman Trophy discussion and he’s currently listed as the top prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft next spring.

Behind Lawrence is where the true competition is, though.

Redshirt freshman Taisun Phommachanh and true-freshman D.J. Uiagalelei are currently competing for that second-string spot. Phommachanh is an extremely talented dual-threat QB who is looking to take the next step forward after a season in the system. He’ll have his hands full moving forward, though.

Dabo Swinney told the media last week that Uiagalelei sometimes makes Trevor Lawrence ‘look kind of normal’ because of his ability to sling the ball.

It’s not just Swinney that has noticed Uiagalelei’s talent, either. Clemson football players and coaches have continued to mention Uiagalelei’s apparent skill and it’s clear at this point that he is primed to take over the position once Lawrence declares for the NFL Draft.

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As far as the post-spring depth chart is concerned, though, I’d expect Uiagalelei and Phomachanh to be listed as co-backups.