Trevor Lawrence is almost certainly playing his final season at Clemson. The Cartersville High product said as much in a recent interview with ESPN's Tom Rinaldi.
Lawrence, who said in the interview that he will be graduating in December, is "planning on this being my last year." Atop the draft board for many prognosticators, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound quarterback has until mid-January to officially make a decision on whether or not to turn pro.
If this turns out to be his final season with the Tigers, Lawrence is on track to give Clemson fans a year to remember. In the season opener at Wake Forest, he threw for 351 yards and one touchdown on 22-of-28 passing. Not quite a dual-threat, the mobile Lawrence added a couple of short touchdown runs in the 37-13 victory Saturday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Sam Howard (Pittsburgh Pirates, Cartersville) — Howard gave up a two-run, walk-off homer in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds Monday on the road. It ended a string of 10 consecutive appearances for Howard without allowing a run. The left-handed reliever had pitched a scoreless bottom of the sixth inning with Pittsburgh trailing 1-0 in the opener of a seven-inning doubleheader. After the Pirates rallied to tie the game in the top of the seventh, Howard came back out to pitch the bottom of the frame. He retired the first two batters before allowing a single and the walk-off home run. In Howard’s only other outing since Sept. 6, the Cartersville High graduate recorded one out against the Kansas City Royals in a loss Saturday. For the season, Howard holds a 2-2 record with a 3.06 ERA and 1.13 WHIP across 17 2/3 innings. He has struck out 22 batters during his 17 appearances.
Vic Beasley Jr. (Tennessee Titans, Adairsville) — Beasley missed Monday’s season opener for his new team at Denver with a knee ailment, according to the team’s injury report. The report stated that Beasley, who was a lifelong Atlanta Falcons defender until signing with the Titans this offseason, was a limited participant in workouts Thursday and Saturday but did not participate in Friday’s practice. His next chance to make his debut in Tennessee will come Sunday, when the Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Isaiah Chaney (Wake Forest R-Fr., Cartersville) — Chaney assisted on a tackle for loss in a 37-13 home defeat Saturday to Clemson. After opening the year against the top-ranked team in the country, Wake Forest will hope to bounce back this Saturday at North Carolina State.
Jonathan Cruz (Charlotte Jr., Cartersville) — Charlotte began the 2020 season with a 35-20 road loss Saturday at Appalachian State. However, Cruz had a flawless debut. He converted both of his field-goal attempts, including a 49-yarder, and nailed both point-after tries. Cruz even sent all five of his kickoffs for touchbacks. Next up for Charlotte is a Saturday trip to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina.
Jordan Ferguson (Middle Tennessee State R-Jr., Cartersville) — A Cartersville High graduate, Ferguson missed all of last season with a knee injury. In his return, Ferguson managed six tackles (four solo) in a 42-0 road loss Sept. 5 at Army. MTSU will return to action Saturday, when Troy visits Murfreesboro.
JaCorey Johns (Wake Forest R-So., Cartersville) — Johns was in on a pair of tackles in the loss to Clemson.
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson Jr., Cartersville) — Lawrence announced prior to his team’s season-opening win over Wake Forest that this likely would be his final season at Clemson. The presumptive top pick in the 2021 NFL draft then went out and picked apart the Demon Deacons, completing 22 of 28 pass attempts for 351 yards and one touchdown. Lawrence also scored two short rushing touchdowns in the lopsided victory. More of the same should be expected this Saturday, when Clemson hosts The Citadel.
Avery Showell (Georgia Tech R-Jr., Cartersville) — Showell wound up with three tackles, including two solo, and one pass breakup in a 16-13 road win Saturday over Florida State. Georgia Tech will face Central Florida Saturday in Atlanta.
Baylee Evans (Troy So., Woodland) — Evans placed 15th overall out of 55 runners Friday in the Azalea City Classic in Mobile, Alabama. Despite placing that high, Evans wasn’t even one of her team’s scorers, finishing seventh for the Trojans, who won the event.