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By BJ Bennett
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Recently named a Heisman Trophy finalist, the brightest of lights are soon to be on Lawrence once again.

Trevor Lawrence has often been at his best on the big stage.

Through seven career postseason appearances, counting ACC Championship Games and College Football Playoff Games, Clemson's superstar signal caller has completed 64% of his passes, averaged 319 total yards per outing and has scored 19 total touchdowns compared to throwing just one interception. His Tigers, most notably, are also 6-1. Already, Lawrence has been named the MVP of the 2018 Cotton Bowl, the 2019 National Championship Game and the 2019 Fiesta Bowl. Lawrence needs two hands for all his rings.

Recently named a Heisman Trophy finalist, the brightest of lights are soon to be on Lawrence once again.

A Sugar Bowl rematch with Ohio State awaits as one of college football's most anticipated games of the year. Last season, Lawrence led Clemson past the Buckeyes in the final four with 259 passing yards and two passing touchdowns and 107 rushing yards and another score on the ground. What arguably swung the game were Lawrence's long runs, his first career 100-yard rushing performance. Potentially a pairing of the number one and two picks in the NFL Draft, Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields will be squarely in the spotlight once again. 

Lawrence set the tone with his unprecedented play as a true freshman. In 2018, he threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns in his College Football Playoff debut, leading Clemson to a 27-point win over Notre Dame in the semifinals. For an encore, Lawrence promptly threw for 327 yards and three more scores in a showdown with Tua Tagovailoa and Alabama, a matchup that resulted in a four touchdown triumph for the Tigers. This, right away in year one, was how Lawrence introduced himself.

Momentum is firmly in place for Lawrence's third playoff trip, just one more big game in a span of many, this one set for Friday night in New Orleans. He currently has new career highs in passing yards per game (305.9), completion percentage (69.2), yards per pass attempt (9.6) and quarterback rating (172.67). Lawrence, with Clemson averaging the most points of his tenure at 44.9, has never before been this prolific. All in a season where he hasn't yet lost.

With the Tigers trailing late and pinned near their own goaline in last season's Fiesta Bowl against Ohio State, Lawrence went to work. He, down 23-21, led Clemson on a signature scoring drive; it wasn't for three points, either. Lawrence took the Tigers 94 yards in four plays, completing 3-of-3 passes for 83 yards and running for eleven more. He even added a two-point conversion. Clemson didn't have a second down on the drive. Just over a minute after taking over, however, the Tigers had a touchdown, the lead and, ultimately, the win.

The College Football Playoff means primetime is here. So, too, is Trevor Lawrence.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports