On Thursday night, it was announced that Clemson University’s star quarterback Trevor Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19, according to the school.
Per ACC college football COVID-19 protocols, Lawrence is required to quarantine for at least 10 days. The quarterback must isolate before returning to practice. Lawrence – or any other player who tests positive – may only return to the team once they show no symptoms.
The positive test results will force the NCAA football champion to sit out the next two games. During Lawrence’s isolation, Clemson plays Boston College on Saturday and #4 Notre Dame on Nov. 7.
Lawrence is arguably the best college quarterback in the nation. Additionally, many analysts expect him to be the number one overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft if decides to forgo his senior year. Therefore, his absence could be a big blow to the Clemson Tigers for the next two weekends.
ESPN‘s official Twitter account shared a breaking post from its sports news show SportsCenter. The post read:
“Breaking: Trevor Lawrence has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss Saturday’s game against Boston College, the school announced.”
Lawrence and Head Coach Dabo Swinney Release Statements
Not long after the news broke, the quarterback made a statement that he posted on his Twitter account. He says his symptoms are mild and that the main thing that hurts is that he won’t be on the field with his teammates.
“I have tested positive for COVID-19, and my symptoms have been relatively mild while I’m following the protocol from Clemson and the ACC,” Lawrence wrote. “The only thing that hurts is missing an opportunity to be with my teammates this weekend and play the game I love. I hate that I can’t be there, but I’ll be watching from isolation and pulling for our guys while I wait for the opportunity rejoin the team. God Bless and Go Tigers! – Trevor Lawrence”
In addition, Clemson’s head football coach Dabo Swinney released a statement through the university’s website.
“Trevor has authorized us this evening to announce that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now in isolation. He is doing well with mild symptoms but will not be available for this week’s game against Boston College. While we certainly will miss Trevor, this is an opportunity for other guys to step up and we’re excited about competing against a very good BC team on Saturday. Go Tigers.”