Kelly Bryant Reportedly Granted Release to Transfer from Clemson

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 3, 2018

COLLEGE STATION, TX - SEPTEMBER 08:  Kelly Bryant #2 of the Clemson Tigers avoids the tackle attempt by  Landis Durham #46 of the Texas A&M Aggies in the fourth quarter at Kyle Field on September 8, 2018 in College Station, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Kelly Bryant is no longer a Clemson Tiger.

Woody Wommack of Rivals reported Bryant has been granted his release from Clemson and will start the process of determining where he will transfer.

Bryant, a senior, announced he would be transferring from Clemson after losing the starting job to Trevor Lawrence.

"They asked me how I felt about it," Bryant told Manie Robinson of the Greenville News. "I was like, 'I'm not discrediting Trevor. He's doing everything asked of him, but on my side of it, I feel like I haven't done anything to not be the starter. I've been here. I've waited my turn. I've done everything y'all have asked me to do, plus more.'

"I've never been a distraction. I've never been in trouble with anything. To me, it was kind of a slap in the face."

A new NCAA rule allows players to transfer after playing four or fewer games without losing a year of eligibility. Bryant will be allowed to use his redshirt and play next season.

Clemson immediately felt the ripple effect of Bryant's departure Saturday, when Lawrence left Saturday's win over Syracuse with a neck injury. The Tigers were forced to play freshman Chase Rice, who struggled through the air but helped lead Clemson to two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 27-23 comeback win.

It's unclear which schools Bryant will consider for a transfer. He threw for 2,802 yards and 13 touchdowns against eight interceptions last season.

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