Kelly Bryant says he's leaving Clemson after benching

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Swinney spoke with Bryant about numerous topics, and while he ventured into very few intimate details with the media, he did acknowledge the scenario of Bryant never playing another snap for Clemson to retain a full season of eligibility to play elsewhere next season was broached.

On Wednesday morning, Kelly Bryant- a senior and veteran leader for the Tigers- announced a decision to transfer following being beaten out by freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence through four games in the season. Two days later, Bryant told Swinney he was leaving the program.

Bryant has started all four games for Clemson this season, sharing time under center with Lawrence - the nation's No. 1 high school recruit past year.

Swinney said Tuesday that he would support whatever decision Bryant chose.

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After Lawrence's steady play against Georgia Tech prompted Swinney to name him as this weekend's starter, Bryan chose to call it a career with Clemson - arguing the demotion was "a slap in the face".




Bryant's departure is the fourth quarterback to leave the program following Tucker Israel, Zerrick Cooper and Hunter Johnson.

Under new rules put in place this year, players can participate in up to four games and still take a redshirt season.

"I feel like it's what's best for me and my future", Bryant told the paper. I love him, care about him. I've always tried to be as open and honest and transparent as possible with Kelly throughout the process, as we are with all of our players.

Asked whether there's anything he could have done differently to keep Bryant on the roster, Swinney said no. Even though I don't think this is a great decision, I certainly respect it and it doesn't change anything that I feel about Kelly. "I wish him nothing but the best". With the Sooners losing Kyler Murray to professional baseball next season, Bryant would come in right away and contribute as the starter while the likes of Tanner Mordecai and potentially Spencer Rattler get another year of learning under their belt. "He has to move on, we gotta move on and get ready to play Syracuse". It was emotional and a tough day for him. "And Kelly didn't do anything wrong".

In four years as the starting quarterback at Cartersville, Lawrence threw for 13,902 yards and 161 touchdowns.

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