The Clemson spring game has concluded, and fans want to know if D.J. Uiagalelei will keep the starting quarterback job based off of his performance.
Last year, Clemson had a down season by their standards. They lost three games and failed to make the College Football Playoff. Quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei did not impress in his first full season as the starter when he had Heisman expectations in the preseason. But after a rough sophomore season, and the presence of freshman five-star, Cade Klubnik, could Uiagalalei lose his job?
Both Uiagalelei and Klubnik participated in Clemson’s annual spring game where one was decidedly better when looking at the spring game stats.
Uiagalelei completed 17-of-36 pass attempts for 175 yards and an interception, while Klubnik threw for 106 yards and a touchdown (15-of-23).
Will D.J. Uiagalelei lose his job to Cade Klubnik?
While the stats are going to be noteworthy, the spring game is basically a glorified practice. So, do not put too much stock in the statistics. Plus, Uiagalalei was going against the starters, especially that strong Clemson defensive line, even without Bryan Bresee.
The most important factor into who will be the starter will come based on both Uiagalelei’s and Klubnik’s performances throughout the summer. From there, you will have to wait for Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney to announce who has the job.
Uiagalelei was positioned to fill the shoes left by Trevor Lawrence, who after four years at Clemson, became the first-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Through 13 games, Uiagalelei threw for 2,246 yards, 9 touchdowns and 10 interceptions while completing 55.6-percent of his passes.
Klubnik is the top-ranked quarterback in the 2022 recruiting class. Even if he does not get the starting job right entering the season, he could receive it if Uiagalelei struggles in the fall.