Jaguars' new era after this season expected to center around QB Trevor Lawrence

John Reid
Florida Times-Union
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FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2020, file photo, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence throws a pass against LSU during the first half of a NCAA College Football Playoff national championship game in New Orleans. The college quarterbacks class is shaping up nicely, just in time to perhaps rescue some NFL teams from themselves. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

The Jaguars have done their part, locking up the No. 1 overall pick for the NFL draft in April. 

Now, what's only left is for Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence to make his formal announcement that he will be entering the draft. 

It appears to be all but a formality with Lawrence participating in Clemson's senior day earlier this month, even though he is a junior. 

The Jaguars fans are ready to usher in a long-awaited new era. Finally, they will see stability at quarterback with a franchise-caliber talent that could be taking snaps in Jacksonville for the next 10 years or longer.

Here are 10 things to know about Lawrence.

Ready to help rebuild a franchise

Lawrence went on the Dan Patrick radio show last week and said he is ready to take on whatever challenge is ahead in the NFL. 

''Having an opportunity to go somewhere and help someone rebuild if that's what is or whatever and just win,'' Lawrence said. ''That's something I love doing. I think that's what I'm best at it - winning.'' 

A Georgia native

Lawrence was born in Knoxville, Tenn., on Oct. 6, 1999, but he grew up in Cartersville, Ga., which has a population of 21,141 and is 43 minutes from Atlanta.  The most popular attractions in Cartersville is Red Top Mountain State Park that's on Lake Allatoona. 

High School football star

Lawrence was a four-year starter at Cartersville High School; began starting in the third game of his freshman year.  He went 52-2 as starter in his career, including a 41-game winning streak and 14-2 record in the playoffs. He led his team to two state titles and four regional appearances. Lawrence passed for 13,908 passing yards and 161 touchdowns with 21 interceptions in four seasons in four seasons. He set the state records for passing yards and passing touchdowns that were previously held by Deshaun Watson (2014-16).

National Offensive Player of the Year

Lawrence was the USA Today National Offensive Player-of-the-Year 2017 as a senior in high school. Lawrence told USA Today that his fondest memory during his senior season was playing against Bartram Trail High School on ESPN. ''We were winning but we had to sack their quarterback on the last play on the 8-yard line to win it,'' he said.

Selects Clemson over Georgia

Lawrence initially committed to Clemson on Dec. 16, 2016 and stuck with it a year later. A five-star recruit, Lawrence narrowed his list down to Clemson and Georgia before selecting the Tigers. 

Freshman starter

By the fifth game of his freshman season, Lawrence had beaten out incumbent Kelly Bryant for the starting quarterback job. When Clemson Debo Swinney made the switch, it led to Bryant transferring to Missouri. Bryant had gone 19-2 as a starter after serving as Deshaun Watson's backup for two seasons. But the turning point came during the fourth week of the season when Clemson played Georgia Tech. Bryant passed for 56 yards and no touchdowns; Lawrence passed for 176 yards and four touchdowns. Afterward, Swinney named Lawrence his new starter. Lawrence went on to lead Clemson to a national championship after a 44-16 win over Alabama.

Record at Clemson

Lawrence is 34-1 as a starter at Clemson. His only loss came in last season's national championship game when LSU beat Clemson 42-25. Clemson lost to Notre Dame 47-40 in double overtime on Nov. 7, but Lawrence did not play because of a positive COVID-19 test that occurred a week before the game. Still, Lawrence's 34 wins are an all-time best at Clemson.

Recent graduate

Lawrence earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing earlier this month in only three years.

Heisman finalist

Last week Lawrence became the second Heisman finalist in Clemson school history, joining 2015 and 2016 finalist Deshaun Watson. The winner will be announced during a virtual presentation on Jan. 5. As finalists, joining Lawrence are Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, a Jacksonville native;  Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith and Florida quarterback Kyle Trask. Lawrence threw for 2,753 yards with 22 touchdowns and was intercepted four times in nine games this season. He led Clemson to the playoff for the third time in his career. 


Lawrence got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Marissa Mowry in July, proposing at Clemson's Memorial Stadium. They have been dating since high school at Cartersville. Mowry plays soccer at Anderson University, which is located in Anderson, South Carolina. 

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