Clemson quarterback DJ Uiagalelei was named a Heisman favorite prior to the 2021 season, but he didn't live up to those expectations.
As a sophomore, he finished the season completing 55.6% of his passes for 2,246 yards, nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Although he dealt with a plethora of injuries to offense personnel, he was ultimately the signal-caller for a team that finished 11th in the ACC in passing yards per game.
With Uiagalelei's underwhelming year in the rearview mirror, Brad Crawford of 247Sports believes that Uiagalelei enters his junior season as a potential bounce-back candidate. Here's what Crawford had to say.
Klubnik poses a significant threat to Uiagalelei's potential bounce-back campaign, but if the junior can hold on to his starting role, there is reasonable optimism for an improvement.
Listed at a 250 pounder last season, Uiagalelei said he shed around 25 pounds in the spring. With the weight loss and an offseason to work on his mechanics, he can make a big leap toward becoming a more athletic and consistent signal-caller.
In Clemson's spring game, Uiagalelei finished with 175 passing yards and one interception on 47.2% passing. He didn't produce eye-catching numbers in the game, but he had flashes of great touch with the ball, such as this sideline throw to Joseph Ngata.
As seen in the highlight, Uiagalelei has potential. Now it's just a question if he can take a giant leap in 2022 and help lead the Tigers back to an ACC Championship.