Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei plans to enter the transfer portal after two years as the Tigers’ starting quarterback, according to 247Sports’ Chris Hummer. The junior will have up to three years of eligibility remaining at his next stop.
Uiagalelei rated as one of the best quarterbacks in the nation out of high school and put together impressive performances against Notre Dame in Syracuse in relief of Trevor Lawrence as a true freshman in 2020. However, Uiagalelei struggled over the past two seasons as the starter, which culminated in his benching early in the ACC Championship Game against North Carolina. True freshman Cade Klubnik was inserted into the game, and he completed 20 of 24 passes for 279 yards and a touchdown in the 39-10 win over the Tar Heels. The victory marked Clemson’s return to the top of the ACC mountain after a one-year absence.
Uiagalalei completed 59.8% of his passes for 5,681 yards, 36 touchdowns and 17 interceptions in 35 appearances for Clemson. However, the Tigers failed to make the College Football Playoff in either of his years as a starter.
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