Former Clemson star Trevor Lawrence offers update on his comeback from shoulder injury

Scott Keepfer
Greenville News
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Trevor Lawrence will be the first to tell you that the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on him far beyond the two football games he missed last fall after contracting the virus.

And he’s far from alone.

“I think it has changed everyone a little bit,” Lawrence said.

As more Americans are vaccinated and positive tests continue to decline, the former Clemson quarterback said this week that he’s eager for a return to normalcy.

“I think we’ll all have a greater appreciation for a normal life,” Lawrence said during a break in his pre-NFL draft preparations in California. “I think there will be better perspective and people will be more grateful for the little things, really.

“I don’t think there will be as much chasing after things that aren’t as important. I just want to see things be normal again, you know?”

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence(16) before the College Football Playoff Semifinal Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, La  USA;  at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. (Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports)

In the meantime, Lawrence is rapidly closing in on his normal healthy state after undergoing surgery to repair the labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder three weeks ago.

The prohibitive favorite to be the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL draft next month, Lawrence held a personal “Pro Day” workout on Feb. 12, four days prior to his surgery.

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His therapy is going well, he said, and Lawrence is expecting to be 100 percent by the time NFL training camps unfold.

“It’s feeling really good,” Lawrence said. “My therapy is just a little bit of resistance, not much, and certain motions. Then range of motion – trying to increase that – and it’s going well.”

Lawrence’s surgery was performed in California, and he has remained there since.

“It’s been great, a fun experience,” Lawrence said. “It’s been cool to branch out and be on my own a little bit, just kind of get ready for what’s coming.”

So what has Lawrence been doing with all his spare time?

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence searches for a receiver against Ohio State.

“I’m sure, as you know, something will fill all that free time,” Lawrence said. “You’d think it would be not as busy, but it’s probably busier in a lot of ways. It’s just different. No school and classes and meetings; it’s on the phone and training and rehab and setting my schedule. With all those things, it’s pretty busy. There’s a lot of stuff going on.”

Lawrence’s recent change in venue, from the rural south to the Golden State coast, hasn’t changed him, he says, and he wouldn’t change anything that has unfolded since his arrival on Clemson’s campus in January of 2018.

“I think everything happens for a reason,” Lawrence said. “There are always little things that you wouldn’t necessarily choose again, but it’s kind of helped make me who I am. They define you and give you a better perspective.

“My time at Clemson went really fast. It’s hard to believe that it’s already done and I’m inching closer to my next stop.”

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