Clemson wide receiver Hunter Renfrow is frustrated by the new redshirt rule that allows players to leave a program midseason, even as he takes over as signal caller due to Kelly Bryant’s departure last week.
“I don’t like having to worry about that,” Renfrow said, according to ESPN’s David M. Hale. “Now Week 4 every year is going to be the trade deadline, and everyone is going to make decisions. I don’t like that part of it. When you commit to a school, when you commit to a team, that’s your team, right?”
Renfrow said that he is not upset with Bryant, but pointed out it was a decision that he personally wouldn’t have made.
“It’s what’s best for him,” Renfrow said. “It’s kind of like, when you have a brother, and he makes a bad decision, you love him. Not that it was necessarily a bad decision, but just one you wouldn’t make yourself. But I’m not him, and I’m not here every day in his shoes.”
“It’s sad to see,” defensive coordinator Brent Venables said of players leaving mid-season. “I hate it, just the big picture. I’m just a loyal guy. I believe in just fighting and sticking to it. That’s just me. That’s easy to say. I’m not sitting here trying to judge.”
“He made a decision, and you have to stand beside him,” Renfrow said. “He’s always made the right decision. If he’d been kind of a toolbag and was off on his own a lot, that’s one thing. But he’s always been for the team and always made the right decision. So you just have to stand behind him and support him.”