Trevor Lawrence insisted he was “finishing with no regrets” after Clemson lost in the College Football Playoff semifinal.
Clemson quarterback Lawrence is now expected to declare for the 2021 NFL Draft, where he will be the presumptive number one overall pick.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are in possession of the first selection and are almost certain to use it on Lawrence, who has been labelled the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck.
Some analysts have gone further back to compare his draft stock with John Elway, who was picked first by the Denver Broncos in 1983.
There was no glorious conclusion to Lawrence’s college career, though, as Clemson went down to a surprise 49-28 loss to Ohio State in New Orleans.
Lawrence was 33-of-48 as he threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns but also committed two turnovers.
He was also restricted as a rushing threat, held to minus eight yards on the ground a year after going for a career-best 107 yards in the playoff victory over Ohio State at the same stage.
“Ohio State played one heck of a game, I have got to give it to them – they kicked our butts,” said Lawrence.
“I’m just finishing with no regrets. Obviously [the game] didn’t go well, but I know that the way I prepared, the way this team prepared and then just this whole year, the way we have carried ourselves, I’m proud of it.
“I don’t have any regrets. There is not much I would go back and change.”
Two-time Heisman Trophy finalist Lawrence had 34 wins for Clemson in 36 starts, winning a National Championship as a freshman as well as three ACC titles.
His only other loss was to Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers in last year’s National Championship game.
Lawrence would not give immediate confirmation he would declare for the draft, saying he would digest the loss and spend time with family before revealing his plans.
But he added: “I’m sure there will be some information that will come out here soon.”