Clemson backup QB Chase Brice intends to transfer
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Clemson backup QB Chase Brice intends to transfer

By Tommy Fradenburg

Contributing Writer for Telegraph Local | See @tommyfradenburg

Clemson second string quarterback Chase Brice announced he will be transferring from the program on Twitter on Thursday.

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The redshirt-sophomore is set to graduate with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management in May and so will be able to play immediately as a graduate transfer with two years of eligibility wherever he chooses to go. He was the back-up to Trevor Lawrence his entire time in Clemson and more than likely would have been again next year, so the former three-star QB from Georgia will attempt to find a starting job elsewhere.

In his time as a Tiger, Brice threw 124 passes in his two years as an active member of team for 896 yards and nine touchdowns. Despite his limited playing time, Brice earned himself a place in Clemson history after filling in for an injured Trevor Lawrence in their 2018 national title-winning season.

In a September game at home against the Syracuse Orange, Brice was thrown into the fire after Lawrence took a hit to the head in the second quarter. In just over half a game Brice threw 7-13 for 83 yards and an interception, but guided a 94-yard drive with less than three minutes to go in the contest to complete the 10 point rally the Tigers from down 23-13 to win 27-23. Without Brice’s efforts it is likely that Clemson would have lost and not made the College Football Playoff (where they beat Alabama 44-16).

Brice’s efforts to the team earned him an amicable separation from the school and fanbase, with many individuals wishing him luck and mourning his departure in response to his announcement on Twitter.

As a senior in high school Brice won a Georgia state championship at Grayson High School and had offers from Colorado State, Boston College, California and Charlotte in addition to Clemson. Brice has not announced where he will be taking his visits for his second round of recruiting.

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The transfer portal has been a place many quarterbacks have been able to find success in recent years. Just this year LSU rode a historic season from Joe Burrow (Ohio State transfer) to their fourth national title and Oklahoma made a third consecutive College Football Playoff semifinal on the shoulders of Alabama transfer Jalen Hurts.

Oklahoma also benefited three years ago from another transfer whe former Texas Tech walk-on Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy. Auburn won the 2010 national title behind a Heisman season from Florida transfer Cam Newton and in 2015 another ex-Gator in Jake Coker led another SEC school (Alabama) to a national title.

 

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