first_imgtrevor lawrence celebrates a touchdown against louisvilleCLEMSON, SC – NOVEMBER 03: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after throwing a touchdown pass against the Louisville Cardinals during their game at Clemson Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season has only been over for a week and already the predictions for 2019 are flowing in.On Thursday, ESPN Staff Writer David Hale revealed his early picks for the 2019 All-America team and included a projection for the best quarterback in the nation.There are several elite options, from Tua Tagovailoa to Jalen Hurts to Justin Fields to Trevor Lawrence.ESPN’s choice?The Clemson quarterback.Sure, Lawrence didn’t even open 2018 as Clemson’s starter, and yes, (Tua) Tagovailoa, the Heisman runner-up, is back for Alabama in 2019. But here’s our firm rule on “way too early” All-Americans: If you, as a true freshman, throw for 347 yards and three touchdowns in a dominant national championship performance against your top competition for this honor, you get the nod. Sorry, Tua. Better luck next season.Lawrence is a sensible choice.In 2018, as a true freshman, Lawrence unseated incumbent starter Kelly Bryant early in the season and threw for 30 touchdowns – 10th in the FBS.His final stats for 2018 were 3,280 passing yards, a 65.1-percent completion rate, 157.2 passer rating, and only four interceptions in 15 games.Of course, the cherry on top for Lawrence was a 347-yard, four-touchdown performance in a 44-16 win over Alabama in the National Championship Game.Lawrence wasn’t the only member of the 2018 national champions to make Hale’s list.Also on the list were running back Travis Etienne, guard John Simpson, and defensive end Xavier Thomas.You can view ESPN’s full preseason All-American team here.last_img read more