It was always going to be hard for Trevor Lawrence to repeat his stunning 2018 freshman season. Coming off the bench to replace Kelly Bryant early that year, Lawrence flashed the traits that had already made him one of the most ballyhooed college football recruits in recent memory.
Clemson couldn’t stop winning, and Lawrence looked like a professional quarterback playing against kids. In a fair world, he gets picked in the 2019 NFL Draft because he was already the best prospect around. In fact, he might have still been a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft based on his high school tape alone.
So what did he do for an encore? Not much, actually. His 2019 season wasn't very impressive. The traits were still there, and we’ll get to those aspects of his game in a bit, but he did not play the quarterback position well at all. In 2018, it looked like he was playing without thinking, just reacting to the stimulus around him.
The next year, it looked like he was trying to be the player people thought Trevor Lawrence should be. It felt like he thought on every pass, “I’m Trevor Lawrence, so no matter what I do, it’s going to work.” It led to bad reads and bad accuracy.