DJ Uiagalelei Sep 5, 2022; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback DJ Uiagalelei (5) chases after a high snap from center against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the first quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Although Clemson Tigers quarterback DJ Uiagalelei had an abysmal season last year, many expected the junior quarterback to take the next step forward in leading the Tigers back to the National Championship game.

During their season opener against Georgia Tech at Mercedes Benz Stadium Monday, the Tigers came in as the fourth-ranked team in the country with all the hype in the world.

However, Uiagalelei put a damper on some of those expectations, having about as poor of first half as you can have — throwing for only 108 yards and a touchdown.

Being the only game on TV during Labor Day, all eyes were on fixed on Monday’s game, with many calling out the Heisman hopeful’s weak showing against a rebuilding Yellow Jackets squad.

The rope for Uiagalelei maybe running out with Dabo Swinney having the option of bringing out highly touted five-star freshman Cade Klubnik to provide the offense with a spark.

The Samoan gunslinger showed signs of promise in 2020 after taking over for Trevor Lawrence who was sidelined with COVID. He even set a Clemson rookie record by throwing for 439 yards against Notre Dame.

Uiagalelei also finished the season with the fifth-best passing efficiency rating by a freshman in ACC history. However, that promise was soon squandered after he ranked 15th among ACC quarterbacks in that same category the following season. Keep in mind, there are only 14 teams in the conference.

If Clemson continues to win but DJ continues to struggle, will the calls to pull him out the game remain?

About Jasper Jones

A native east coaster via Connecticut, Jasper is a writer for The Comeback and Audacy Sports. He decided to head south for college, attending the University of Kentucky and graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism. Prior to joining The Comeback, Jones spent a year writing for FanSided's college football blog, Saturday Blitz, covering news surrounding the sport and recruiting. He spent the same amount of time doing some freelance work for the tabloid/sports outlet BlackSportsOnline. In his free time, Jones loves to cheer on his Kentucky Wildcats, collect sneakers, read a good book, and get in some gains at the gym. You can follow him on Twitter @jonesj2342.