Dabo Swinney and DJ Uiagalelei Oct 1, 2022; Clemson, South Carolina, USA;Clemson Tigers quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei (5) celebrates with head coach Dabo Swinney (right) and running back Will Shipley (middle) and quarterback Cade Klubnik (2) after scoring a nine-yard touchdown against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney and quarterback DJ Uiagalelei didn’t always see eye to eye during his two years as a starter.

That’s why Uiagalelei entered the transfer portal and joined the Oregon State Beavers in December. In April, Uiagalelei opened up about his experience at Clemson, telling Bruce Feldman of The Athletic that Clemson’s offense did not impress him.

“I didn’t want to do what I was doing at Clemson,” Uiagalelei said. “I didn’t really like what we did there scheme-wise. I didn’t think we did very much. I thought it was very basic.”

Those were not the most inflammatory comments, but they definitely portrayed the Clemson offense in a bad light.

Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney told The State‘s Chapel Fowler Monday that he’d heard the remarks. Then he responded with comments that sounded like something that might have been said by the DJ Uiagalelei Fan Club president.

“I love DJ. … I’m just pulling for him to do awesome, and I think he will,” Swinney said. “I’m proud of him. At the end of the day, it didn’t go as well as you’d hope, but that’s just life.

“It’s a very small margin for error. But he was 22-6 as a starter, part of two ACC championship teams … I love DJ, and I’m pulling for him to do great things, and I’d be surprised if he doesn’t.”

That’s the kind of class we’ve come to expect from Swinney. Clemson finished 11-3 in 2022, and it will be interesting to see how things go without Uiagalelei as the starting quarterback.

[Chapel Fowler, The State]

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