Clemson Tigers played host to the Furman Paladins in their second game of the season Saturday afternoon. The end result was a 35-12 victory for the Tigers in which they controlled the tone of the game from the start, as they were expected to. Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei lead the Tigers down the field quickly and efficiently on their opening drive on a seven play, 75 yard drive that had running back Will Shipley do the scoring for them. The Clemson offense was picking up right where it left off from their last contest against Georgia Tech, with Uiagalelei leading the way.
DJ Leaves No Doubt
Uiagalelei had a solid game for the Tigers, making almost no mistakes during the game. All of his completions were delivered well, on time, and looking like the right decisions. DJ appears to be playing with a sense of urgency this season. There had been much talk in the offseason about how much time and effort the quarterback had been putting in to improve his play. However, Clemson fans very much had the mindset of “I’ll believe it when I see it” when it came to his play. Sure enough, DJ is certainly showing it so far. It appears he has put to rest the talks of who should be the starting quarterback for the Tigers. If there was anything negative to takeaway from this game offensively, it was that the offense stalled out a little bit in the second half, only scoring one touchdown. Uiagalelei still finished the game with an impressive stat-line of throwing 21 for 27, 231 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
The Competition is Over
Despite his success throughout the game, Uiagalelei was not the man under center for the Tigers for the entire game. True freshman quaterback Cade Klubnik saw some early minutes during Saturday’s game as he was called upon with five minutes to go in the second quarter with the Tigers leading 21-3. With the score being what it was and Uiagalelei playing how he was, it was tough to understand the reasoning for Kulbnik’s appearance in the game. Obviously Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney wanted to give Kulbnik a chance to see what he could do during that point in the game. Unfortunately for Klubnik, the possession resulted in a punt after 5 plays. However, if Klubnik had lead the Tigers down for a touchdown, it could have perhaps raised more questions about the quarterback competition. This is obviously one of those coaching decisions where if it works out, then it looks like a great call. If it backfires, however, then there could be some questions that come after said decision. Klubnik was pulled from the game and was not reinserted back until the score was 35-12 with 2:51 left in the game. Given how both quarterback performed on Saturday, it is clear that DJ Uiagalelei will be the unquestionable starter until further notice.
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