Junior Kelly Bryant is the new starting quarterback for the Clemson Tigers. Photo by Joshua S. Kelly

The biggest offseason question for the Clemson Tigers has been answered.

After Monday’s practice, head coach Dabo Swinney announced that junior Kelly Bryant will be the team’s starting quarterback.

“This has been a great competition. I’m really proud of all the guys, because they are just good people. I love to see competitors, and they all want to be the guy, but I love to see them happy for somebody else,” Swinney told TigerNet. “It’s been a really good, spirited competition, but this part of the competition is over, and Kelly won it.”

Swinney also praised Bryant’s growth and progress, adding that the quarterback is “really playing with a ton of confidence.”

Redshirt freshman Zerrick Cooper and freshman Hunter Johnson are No. 2 and 3 on the depth chart, respectively.

“We hope to get all three quarterbacks experience in the first part of the season,” Swinney said.

Bryant has appeared in 12 games for the Tigers, often being used as a rushing threat behind center. His most memorable performance came during his freshman season in a 58-0 blowout against Miami, when he scored two rushing touchdowns. In his career, Bryant is 13-22 passing for 75 yards with a touchdown and interception.

The Tigers kick off their season on Saturday, Sept. 2, at noon in Death Valley against the Kent State Golden Flashes.

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