Trevor Lawrence named national Freshman of Year


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Trevor Lawrence named national Freshman of Year

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Touchdown Club of Columbus announced Tuesday that Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence has been named the club's 2018 Freshman of the Year.

Lawrence becomes the second Clemson player to earn the honor since the award's inception in 2001. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins collected the award for his performance as a freshman in 2011. Lawrence's selection marks the second Touchdown Club of Columbus honor bestowed upon the Tigers this season, joining Head Coach Dabo Swinney's selection for the 2018 Woody Hayes Award as the nation's top coach.

This season, Lawrence has completed 212-326 passes for 2,606 yards with 24 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He earned first-team freshman All-American honors from multiple outlets and was a second-team All-ACC quarterback, collecting ACC Rookie of the Year honors as he led Clemson its fourth consecutive ACC title.

Despite not starting Clemson's first four games, Lawrence already holds school freshman records for completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns and pass efficiency rating. His nine wins as a starter broke Deshaun Watson's Clemson record by a true freshman (four), and Lawrence is one win away from breaking Kyle Parker’s record for wins by any freshman (first-year or redshirt) starting quarterback in Tiger history

Lawrence's award will be presented during the 64th Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Columbus, Ohio. A full list of all-time winners of the Touchdown Club of Columbus Freshman of the Year award is included below:

2018: TREVOR LAWRENCE, Clemson
2017: J.K. DOBBINS, Ohio State
2016: JALEN HURTS, Alabama
2015: TANNER MANGUM, Brigham Young
2014: SAMAJE PERINE, Oklahoma
2013: CHRISTIAN HACKENBERG, Penn State
2012: TODD GURLEY, Georgia
2011: SAMMY WATKINS, Clemson
2010: MARCUS LATTIMORE, South Carolina
2009: DION LEWIS, Pittsburgh
2008: JULIO JONES, Alabama
2007: MICHAEL CRABTREE, Texas Tech
2006: COLT McCOY, Texas
2005: TERRELL SUTTON, Northwestern
2004: ADRIAN PETERSON, Oklahoma
2003: CHRIS LEAK, Florida
2002: MAURICE CLARETT, Ohio State
2001: ANTHONY DAVIS, Wisconsin


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