Did Dabo Swinney just hint at benching D.J. Uiagalelei?


Following Saturday’s loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack, Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney addressed quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei’s status.

For the Clemson Tigers, life after Trevor Lawrence has not been easy. Clemson fans thought their team’s season-opening loss to the Georgia Bulldogs was awful, but then they saw the Wolpack’s 27-21 double-overtime loss on Saturday. This is due in part to the offense’s inefficiency, as they only managed 214 total yards on the day.

Dabo Swinney, the head coach of Clemson, spoke after the game about appraising the team now that they are 2-2 on the season. That’s when Swinney said he “thinks” D.J. Uiagalelei will be the team’s starting quarterback in the future.

Dabo Swinney: “This point at 2-2 you look at everything. There’s nothing that you don’t evaluate. But I think DJ is our quarterback.”

— Grace Raynor (@gmraynor) September 26, 2021

Dabo Swinney comments on D.J. Uiagalelei’s status after upset loss to NC State

Despite his sluggish start to the 2021 season, it is reasonable to say that Uiagalelei will be Clemson’s starting quarterback moving forward, despite the comment Swinney offered. Swinney hasn’t given up on Uiagalelei, as this remark from Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lentz demonstrates.

Dabo on DJ: DJ gave us a chance to win again. You know, I thought he did a lot of good things.
And he’s just gonna continue to get better. He’s got a great, great future

— Zach Lentz (@ZachLentzSI) September 26, 2021

Uiagalelei has 475 throwing yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions on a 59.3 completion % into Saturday’s game. Uiagalelei completed 12-of-26 pass attempts for 111 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the double-overtime loss. Against the Wolfpack, the quarterback rushed for 63 yards on nine carries.

In actuality, Clemson’s offense as a whole has been a concern for them. The offense only converted two of 11 third-down attempts while controlling the ball for more than 18 minutes. The latter is particularly unforgivable, and it plays a significant role in the Tigers’ second loss in as many weeks.

Swinney and Clemson will try to put this game behind them next weekend when they face Boston College.

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