Clemson famous person QB Trevor Lawrence has examined constructive for the coronavirus and can miss Saturday’s sport towards Boston School. His standing for the next week’s showdown in Notre Dame stays in query. This is what we find out about Lawrence’s situation to date, his backup D.J. Uiagalelei and what that would imply for Clemson’s faculty soccer playoff possibilities.
What are the following steps for Lawrence?
Lawrence examined on Wednesday and received a constructive end result on Thursday. He went into isolation Thursday after receiving the constructive check end result as directed by the ACC Medical Advisory Group. He should isolate himself for 10 days from the onset of signs, which Lawrence described as delicate. That is the laborious half. We do not know precisely when the 10 day clock begins if signs began earlier than Thursday.
What does that imply for Clemson’s sport towards Notre Dame on November seventh?
The quick reply is, we do not know. The perfect state of affairs for Lawrence is that his 10-day watch began testing on Wednesday, which might permit him to return on November seventh (the primary day after the 10-day isolation interval). Nonetheless, this additionally requires that the participant not present any signs, that are outlined as no respiratory issues or fever, with out the assistance of antipyretic remedy. Lawrence additionally has to move a sequence of coronary heart assessments to ensure he isn’t exhibiting signs of myocarditis. If he overcomes all these hurdles, it’s attainable that he’ll play towards the Irish – however with out prior coaching.
Who’s Clemson Backup QB D.J. Uiagalelei, and what ought to followers count on from him?
Uiagalelei is Clemson’s suspected starter for Saturday’s sport towards Boston School and the Tigers are in good fingers. Uiagalelei was the No. 43 recruit within the 2020 ESPN rankings and the No. 1 pocket passer within the nation. He enrolled in Clemson in January and took second place on the depth map by fall camp. Up to now this season he has made 12 of 19 passes for 102 yards and hit the bottom twice, totally on mop-up obligation throughout blowout victories. He missed Clemson’s 73-7 win over Georgia Tech two weeks in the past with shoulder ache, however returned final week towards Syracuse. As a junior at St. John Bosco Excessive in Bellflower, California, Uiagalelei was named USA At the moment Nationwide Participant of the 12 months and has thrown greater than 10,000 meters throughout his highschool profession.
Has any of Lawrence’s teammates been affected?
This looks as if the excellent news for Clemson – not less than to date. Dabo Swinney stated there aren’t any gamers in quarantine on account of Lawrence’s an infection, based mostly on contact tracing logs which presently would come with any teammates he got here in touch with throughout Clemson’s final sport (towards Syracuse final Saturday).
Clemson assessments gamers on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Lawrence examined adverse on Sunday. Primarily based on the ACC tips, this primarily excludes the necessity to comply with the sport. (Clemson follows CDC’s contact tracing tips, which mandate a 14-day quarantine interval for any participant who has been inside 6 ft of an contaminated individual for greater than 15 minutes and not using a masks.)
Whereas Lawrence was coaching with the staff this week earlier than testing constructive and doubtlessly exposing different gamers, Clemson’s coaching program restricts direct contact, particularly within the quarterback place, so Lawrence wouldn’t exceed these limits and is extremely unlikely to somebody had spent greater than 15 mixed maskless minutes inside 6 ft of him. Lawrence, who routinely wears a masks off the sphere, doesn’t dwell with teammates, so no gamers have been marked for contact outdoors of apply.
Clemson can have one other spherical of testing on Friday, so it is secure to say that extra gamers can check constructive as it’s not recognized precisely how Lawrence caught the virus. Regardless, some key gamers are anticipated to overlook Saturday’s sport on account of accidents, together with defensive sort out Tyler Davis and linebacker James Skalski.
How would the School Soccer Playoff Committee view a Clemson loss with out Lawrence?
First, the Tigers must beat Boston School with out its beginning quarterback on Saturday. If the Tigers can do this and go undefeated on their technique to Notre Dame on November 7 – Clemson’s hardest common season sport – they will preserve their playoff hopes alive with or with out Lawrence.
If Lawrence will not be cleared for return by then, the 13-person choice committee would take into account how his absence would have an effect on the sport. They’d additionally take into account coming again and never enjoying effectively, probably due to a lot free time to himself.
In accordance with CFP protocols, which haven’t modified because the begin of the playoffs, the committee considers “key accidents that will have affected a staff’s efficiency through the season” to tell apart between “in any other case comparable groups”. Whereas the wording refers particularly to accidents, CFP Government Director Invoice Hancock stated it might be extra correct to say gamers “availability” as committee members are additionally conscious of suspensions or disqualifications.
“The choice committee will proceed to think about participant availability, as has all the time been the case,” Hancock informed ESPN on Thursday night. “There may be nonetheless a number of soccer to play this season and it’s by no means acceptable for me to debate hypothetical conditions. We want Trevor Lawrence all one of the best, as do anybody with a well being scenario.”
Whereas a Clemson loss on November seventh could not should be “forgiven”, relying on how the sport performed, Clemson may doubtlessly get a second probability to repay within the ACC championship sport towards Notre Dame. This might signify a state of affairs the place each groups find yourself within the prime 4, relying on how the opposite Energy 5 conferences fare.