Clemson Tigers lose two-year starting quarterback DJ Uiagalelei
The former No. 1 quarterback recruit in the Class of 2022 was expected to become the next great Clemson passer to continue the legacy of Trevor Lawrence, Deshaun Watson, and Tajh Boyd.
But after a surprisingly troubling two seasons with the Tigers, two-year starter Uiagalelei wants out!
"God has brought me to this special place for a reason and I wouldn't trade my time here for anything," Uiagalelei shared on Twitter Monday afternoon. "I am very thankful and appreciative of the staff, trainers and my coaches for believing in me and pushing me every day to be the best I can both on and off the field."
He continued, "After careful consideration I would like to say that I have decided to enter the transfer portal."
Uiagalelei's announcement comes just after the starter struggled early on in the ACC Championship Game against North Carolina last Saturday.
Replaced by Cade Klubnik, Uiagalelei watched from the sidelines as the freshman guided the Tigers to scores on four straight possessions, securing a 39-10 victory over the Tar Heels.
Following the win, Clemson's head coach Dabo Swinney confirmed that Klubnik will be the starting quarterback moving forward, including in the Orange Bowl against Tennessee on December 30.
Now, Uiagalelei is set for a fresh start with a new team. Still considered one of the better passers in college football amid the NFL Draft, Uiagalelei is expected to receive several offers from top-ranked programs.
The junior quarterback has up to three years of NCAA eligibility remaining.
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