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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, will travel with the top-ranked Tigers for Saturday’s game at No. 4 Notre Dame.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday Lawrence will serve as an unofficial assistant coach, helping freshman replacement D.J. Uiagalelei.

Lawrence is “incredibly knowledgeable,” Swinney said. “He’s been there. I think he’ll be able to bring a great presence. He’s got a  great mind. He’s got great eyes. So he’s going to be Coach Lawrence.”

Lawrence tested positive for the coronavirus last Wednesday, learned of the result on Thursday. Uiagalelei stepped in and led Clemson to a 34-28 victory against Boston College. It was the Tigers’ biggest comeback — from 18 points behind — in Memorial Stadium history. Lawrence has been in a 10-day period of isolation but has been engaged in team activities and talking to the other quarterbacks by video.

Sidelined because of a positive test for COVID-19, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) will serve as a student coach Saturday at Notre Dame, helping freshman D.J. Uiagalelei. (Photo: Ken Ruinard, Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports)

“He’s been in the meetings. He’s been Zooming and all that stuff,” Swinney said. “He’s doing well. He’s anxious to get out. He gets back with us Thursday or Friday. So he’ll be with us. He’ll travel with us. He just can’t play because of the cardiac-back-to-play protocol (added to the 10-day period). There’s no way to get him through that in time for him to play in the game.”

Injured linebacker James Skalski also will make the trip for the highly anticipated matchup in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“So we’ll have Coach Lawrence and Coach Skalski,” Swinney said. “I told them I was not going to take them unless they were going to be productive coaches for us. They’ll both take a lot of pride in that.”

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Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence to travel with team but not play due to COVID-19 protocol

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who tested positive for COVID-19 last week, will travel with the top-ranked Tigers for Saturday’s game at No. 4 Notre Dame.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday Lawrence will serve as an unofficial assistant coach, helping freshman replacement D.J. Uiagalelei.

Lawrence is “incredibly knowledgeable,” Swinney said. “He’s been there. I think he’ll be able to bring a great presence. He’s got a  great mind. He’s got great eyes. So he’s going to be Coach Lawrence.”

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Lawrence tested positive for the coronavirus last Wednesday, learned of the result on Thursday. Uiagalelei stepped in and led Clemson to a 34-28 victory against Boston College. It was the Tigers’ biggest comeback — from 18 points behind — in Memorial Stadium history. Lawrence has been in a 10-day period of isolation but has been engaged in team activities and talking to the other quarterbacks by video.



a close up of a person holding a baseball bat: Sidelined because of a positive test for COVID-19, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) will serve as a student coach Saturday at Notre Dame, helping freshman D.J. Uiagalelei.


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Sidelined because of a positive test for COVID-19, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) will serve as a student coach Saturday at Notre Dame, helping freshman D.J. Uiagalelei.

“He’s been in the meetings. He’s been Zooming and all that stuff,” Swinney said. “He’s doing well. He’s anxious to get out. He gets back with us Thursday or Friday. So he’ll be with us. He’ll travel with us. He just can’t play because of the cardiac-back-to-play protocol (added to the 10-day period). There’s no way to get him through that in time for him to play in the game.”

Injured linebacker James Skalski also will make the trip for the highly anticipated matchup in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“So we’ll have Coach Lawrence and Coach Skalski,” Swinney said. “I told them I was not going to take them unless they were going to be productive coaches for us. They’ll both take a lot of pride in that.”

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Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence will travel to Notre Dame game but not play | Clemson

CLEMSON — Trevor Lawrence will be on the sideline for No. 1 Clemson’s primetime showdown with No. 4 Notre Dame this Saturday but won’t play, coach Dabo Swinney confirmed Tuesday.



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It was announced last Thursday the quarterback had tested positive for COVID-19. Swinney said Lawrence will have completed his 10-day isolation by this weekend but will still need to pass a series of cardiovascular tests before returning to the field.

Lawrence, a Heisman Trophy contender and the likely No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, has been participating in team meetings via Zoom. Freshman quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei started in his stead in a thrilling win over Boston College last Saturday and will get the nod again against the Fighting Irish.



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