Dabo Swinney has a very simple explanation for why Kelly Bryant won’t be receiving a ring for Clemson winning the national championship last season: Bryant left the program.
Bryant played four games at Clemson last season and split the quarterback reps with true freshman Trevor Lawrence pretty evenly. After four games, Lawrence had proven that the team was far better off with him at quarterback than with Bryant. Bryant had spent the beginning of his career at Clemson behind Deshaun Watson and was understandably upset to lose the job as a senior, so he ended up quitting the team. After Lawrence got hurt, Swinney said he would welcome Bryant back to the team, but the quarterback stuck to his plans to go elsewhere.
Bryant eventually transferred to Missouri as a graduate so that he would be eligible to play this fall.
Swinney told ESPN’s Chris Low why Bryant wasn’t getting a championship ring.