NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 13: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers before taking on the LSU Tigers during the College Football Playoff National Championship held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 13, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence just called the last game of the 2020 season his “senior night,” which is good news for the Jets.

Robby Sabo

The New York Jets may have just received tremendous news. Then again, it might be the Jacksonville Jaguars who are thinking the very same thing.

On Tuesday, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence spoke to the media ahead of his team’s Saturday home game against Pittsburgh. While that’s certainly nothing noteworthy, what he said absolutely carries weight for the teams leading the NFL tank race.

Lawrence called this weekend’s game his “senior night,” despite the fact he’s just a junior.


“Yeah, I don’t know, it’s hard to anticipate how I’ll feel,” Lawrence said about Saturday’s matchup with Pittsburgh. “I know there will be a lot of emotions. This is, you know … kind of like, since I’m graduating in December, this is my senior night. Just all the guys here that have meant so much to me, my teammates, my coaches, friends, this place in general (has) really changed my life being here. I’ve been so fortunate to be at a place like Clemson.”

Lawrence, 21, is the best NFL quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck declared for the draft in 2012. He’s already won a National Championship and is the sure-fire No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL draft if he does indeed enter the fold.

This has to be music to the Jets’ collective ears.

Lawrence has, of course, already discussed entering the draft. In early September of this year, Lawrence hopped on ESPN’s “College Gameday” with words that put an end to previous speculation about his future.

“I will graduate in December,” Lawrence told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi. “I’m planning on this being my last season.”

However, a tremendous amount of press that encouraged Lawrence to either stay in school or work a power-play in order to avoid the Jets hit our screens in October. Lawrence then dropped some words that threw ice-cold water on the burning fire that already penciled Lawrence in as the Jets’ future quarterback.

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“I don’t know, we’ll just have to see how things unfold,” Lawrence told reporters in late October. “There’s a lot of factors in that.

“My mindset’s been that I’m going to move on, but who knows?” he continued. “There’s a lot of things that could happen. I’m just really focusing on this year and not trying to look ahead. … We’ll see how it all unfolds.”

Now, in late November, it appears we have come full circle. Trevor Lawrence is treating this Saturday’s game as his “senior night,” something that should have Jets fans eating and drinking a bit more on Thanksgiving.

All the New York Jets have to do is finish with the worst record in the league. They currently lead the Jags by a full game but trail significantly as far as the strength of schedule tiebreaker is concerned.

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