Athletes Beyond Bartow: Lawrence continues impressive start


Trevor Lawrence threw his first interception in a year Saturday at Georgia Tech. To be clear, this was not only the Clemson quarterback's first pick of the season but also the first he had thrown since Oct. 19, 2019.


And yet, the turnover didn't seem to faze him whatsoever, as Lawrence led the Tigers to a 73-7 shellacking of the Yellow Jackets.


The former Cartersville High star went on to complete 75% of his passes for 404 yards and five touchdowns. The yards and scoring passes were both career-high marks for Lawrence.


Overall, the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder has compiled 19 touchdowns, including 15 through the air, to just the one interception through five games for the top-ranked Tigers.

PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL


Vic Beasley Jr. (Tennessee Titans, Adairsville) — Due to a scheduling quirk brought on by a COVID-19 outbreak within the organization, the Titans played two games in the seven days since the most recent College Roundup was published. Beasley saw varying degrees of involvement in the two games — both wins. The edge rusher played a season-high 42% of his teams snaps in a 42-16 win over Buffalo last Tuesday. However, he followed that up with a season-low 15% in a 42-36 overtime victory against Houston Sunday. Through three games, Beasley has only recorded one tackle, and that was an assisted takedown. Next up for 5-0 Tennessee is a home date with Pittsburgh this Sunday.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL


Jordan Ferguson (Middle Tennessee State R-Jr., Cartersville) — Ferguson ended up with three tackles and a quarterback hit, but the Blue Raiders fell to 1-5 on the season. MTSU will look to bounce back from its 52-35 defeat against North Texas this week, when it hits the road to face Rice in Houston.


Miller Forristall (Alabama R-Sr., Cartersville) — Forristall hauled in three passes for 29 yards as Alabama came from behind to beat Georgia, 41-24, Saturday in Tuscaloosa. No. 2 Alabama (4-0) will head to Tennessee this weekend.


JaCorey Johns (Wake Forest R-So., Cartersville)  — A starting defensive end for Wake Forest, Johns assisted on one stop and recorded a quarterback hit in a 40-23 win over Virginia Saturday at home. Wake (2-2, 1-2 ACC) will host Virginia Tech this weekend.


Trevor Lawrence (Clemson Jr., Cartersville) — Lawrence continued to build a strong Heisman resume with a career-best 404 passing yards and five passing touchdowns in a 73-7 rout of Georgia Tech Saturday in Atlanta. Through 35 career games, Lawrence has thrown for 8,489 yards and rushed for 794. He has 81 touchdown passes, while posting more rushing scores (14) than interceptions (13). Top-ranked Clemson has yet to be challenged this season, and it seems unlikely Syracuse will be much of an obstacle this weekend.


Avery Showell (Georgia Tech R-Jr., Cartersville) — Showell finished with a career-high seven tackles, including six solo stops, in the loss to Clemson. The Jackets (2-3, 2-2) will hope to rebound this Saturday, when they travel to face Boston College.


-- Special thanks to Nicholas Sullivan, The Daily Tribune News

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