Clemson’s Kelly Bryant did not practice on Monday after the Tigers announced that freshman Trevor Lawrence would be the team’s new starting quarterback.  

According to Dabo Swinney, he gave Bryant the day off after a long, emotional talk.

Via The State:

Tigers quarterbacks coach Brandon Streeter met with Bryant Sunday night and discussed the latest on the depth chart. Swinney then texted with Bryant Sunday night to set up a meeting to discuss the decision further Monday afternoon.

The two had an “emotional” talk Monday before Swinney gave Bryant the rest of the day off.

“It’s a bad day to be the head coach. Most days it’s good. This was a bad day, because I love Kelly. It was emotional. Emotional for him. A tough day. I gave him the day off last night,” Swinney said. “There’s not a guy that’s ever been here, as long as I’ve been at Clemson, there’s not a guy that’s more committed to this program than Kelly Bryant. There’s not a better leader. He’s the epitome of what you want. He’s what you want your son to be like.”

Swinney didn’t directly answer the question of whether the two discussed the possibility of the quarterback transferring.  

That seems like a likely option given the fact that Lawrence is a freshman and there is a new redshirt rule in place.