The second Clemson followers hoped for lastly got here true Monday: The Tigers are formally Cade Klubnik’s group.
DJ Uiagalelei introduced he was getting into the switch portal on Monday. His transfer means Klubnik would be the group’s starter within the Orange Bowl in opposition to Tennessee and past.
Uiagelelei by no means lived as much as expectations because the second-ranked QB prospect out of highschool in 2020. Solely Alabama QB Bryce Younger ranked greater.
He first began throughout his freshman season when Trevor Lawrence was out resulting from COVID-19 protocols. In two begins, he was 59-of-85 for 781 yards and 4 touchdowns. He went 1-1, his loss coming to Notre Dame in double time beyond regulation, 47-40.
Uiagalelei could not match the gaudy numbers from these two 2020 begins in subsequent seasons. Clemson misplaced 5 video games in 2021 and 2022, as many because it misplaced between 2017-2020 mixed.
He was 22-6 as a starter, which incorporates final Saturday’s ACC Championship, when he was pulled after going 2-of-5 for 10 yards and the Tigers trailing North Carolina 7-0. Klubnik got here in and made a number of folks query why the transfer wasn’t made earlier within the season.
He completed the sport 20-of-24 for 279 yards and a landing. Klubnik added seven carries for 30 yards and a landing on the bottom and had a 19-yard reception. Clemson ended up blowing out North Carolina, 39-10.
Klubnik made a few landing throws that solidified the Tigers as his group going ahead.
To Uiagalelei’s credit score, he confirmed no bitterness after the sport, as a substitute heaping reward on Clemson’s new beginning QB.
“He took that shot and ran with it,” mentioned Uiagalelei, exhibiting nice class and poise for a participant who did not have issues prove the way in which he hoped.
Uiagalelei made optimistic strides from his sophomore to his junior season. His completion share, passing yards and touchdowns elevated whereas he threw fewer interceptions. For no matter motive, thought, it by no means absolutely clicked at Clemson.
When he was off, issues had been actually dangerous. He was benched in opposition to Syracuse after throwing an interception and the group trailing 21-10. Klubnik got here in and led the group on consecutive scoring drives to place the Tigers on high for good.
In a 31-30 loss to South Carolina, Uiagalelei was 8-of-29 for 99 yards with one landing and one interception. Klubnik by no means noticed the sphere.
He’ll be seeing much more of it quickly sufficient.
As for Uiagalelei, he’ll have his justifiable share of suitors. His expertise did not evaporate, and wherever he chooses to go, the teaching workers can have a succesful, if inconsistent, QB to work with.
Will probably be as much as that workers to get probably the most out of Uiagalelei. He has the bodily traits essential to be an incredible QB, and he is proven flashes all through his profession.
These flashes had been too sporadic for Clemson to not make the transfer to Klubnik.