Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence gives college football season validation it needs

The nitpicking started when Trevor Lawrence took a sack on third down for a 16-yard loss and a three-and-out on Clemson’s first possession Saturday night against Wake Forest.  

The junior quarterback left little to overscrutinize after that. He backed his billing as the best player in college football as the No. 1 Tigers (1-0, 1-0 ACC) flexed in a 37-13 victory, a result that wasn’t exactly shocking considering they were 33.5-point favorites coming in.

Lawrence (22-of-28 passing, 351 yards, three total touchdowns) also backed up what he did off the field in the offseason, when he established himself as a leading voice in the push to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

BENDER: Can Notre Dame be a worthy challenger to Clemson in ACC? 

It was Lawrence, who threw five interceptions in his first three starts last season, who drove home the point about his on-field standing by showing no early-season

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