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Shifts in Quarterback Positioning Lead Clemson and Notre Dame into Uncharted Territory

Quarterback switches put Clemson and Notre Dame in an unfamiliar situation

When discussing the crowned victors of college football, a pivotal element across all games is the steady signal-caller from kickoff to the final whistle. Quarterbacks play a crucial role on the field, often acting as linchpins for their teams. Traditionally, teams tend to stick with their starting quarterbacks, only opting for a change in cases of injuries. However, the ongoing season has brought about a new development as ranked teams Clemson, holding the No. 2 spot, and Notre Dame at No. 3, are exploring a shake-up in their quarterback dynamics.

Reportedly, this strategic maneuver aims to inject a fresh impetus into their gameplay, steering towards victory by experimenting with innovative tactics in their upcoming match scheduled for Saturday in the CFP semifinal at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic. The impending face-off between the Tigers and Fighting Irish will witness the commencement of the game with the benched starting quarterbacks, who have proven to be ineffective so far this season.

Back in September, the decisions made by both Clemson and Notre Dame to elevate their backup quarterbacks to starting positions stirred up debate and caught many off guard. Kelly Bryant, boasting a 16-2 record as a starter for Clemson, was replaced by his backup, Trevor Lawrence, who clinched the No. 2 spot in the 2018 ESPN 300 rankings. While Bryant had been leading the offense, Lawrence wasted no time making an impact, throwing a 17-yard touchdown on the first drive followed by a 53-yard pass on the next.

Up to this point, Lawrence has completed approximately 65% of his attempts, accumulating 2,606 yards, 24 touchdowns, and just four interceptions. In a statement, Kelly posited that every quarterback holds a unique style that influences the team differently. Therefore, it’s paramount to observe how these changes in the quarterback slot affect the overall team performance.

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