Clemson Freshman QB: Football Not ‘the Biggest Thing in My Life — My Faith is’

By Nancy Flory Published on January 4, 2019

Clemson freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence gave the Tigers a big win with his 327 yards thrown and three touchdowns in a 30-3 win over Notre Dame Saturday. The victory puts Trevor center stage for Monday night’s college championship game.

However, football isn’t the most important thing to the freshman phenom. “Football is important to me obviously,” said Trevor in a post-game interview. “But it’s not … the biggest thing in my life, I would say. My faith is.”

No matter the situation, Trevor says it won’t define who he is. “It’s putting my identity in what Christ says — who He thinks I am and who I know that He says I am.” At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what people think of him, he explains.

His Humility and His Arm

Even so, he’s garnered the respect of his coach, Dabo Swinney. “He’s just so poised. He just sees it. And he’s got a gift of an arm,” Swinney told The State. “But I just love his humility and how consistent he is with his preparation, day in and day out. Easy, easy guy to coach. Easy guy to get behind and support. His teammates love him.”

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“He doesn’t just have a talented arm,” said Clemson’s All-American defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. “That’s just what you guys see. He’s a cool customer. He’s never rattled.”

Trevor is humble and refuses to take all the credit for the win. “It makes it a lot easier on me when you have guys all around you that are just great players and take that load off of you. There’s not much pressure when you have guys this good playing around you. So just that. And the coaches have helped me a ton, just helped me prepare and get me ready for all these situations.”

After Saturday’s win at the Cotton Bowl, Clemson advances to the national title game in Santa Clara, Calif., against Alabama at 8 p.m. Monday, January 7.

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