D.J. Uiagalelei Projected as Fourth-Best Quarterback in Nation Heading Into 2021 Season

From Deshaun Watson to Trevor Lawrence, and now D.J. Uiagalelei, Dabo Swinney and Clemson just keep trotting out generational-type talents at quarterback.

Heading into his first season as the Tigers starting quarterback, greatness is being expected of Uiagalelei. Many already consider him one of the best quarterbacks in the country and he is already one of the favorites to win the Heisman.

Brad Crawford over at 247Sports recently projected the Top-25 quarterbacks in 2021 and Uiagalelei comes in at No. 4.

Don’t expect much production drop-off at the quarterback position for the Tigers despite losing projected No. 1 overall pick and transcendent prospect Trevor Lawrence. Uiagalelei started against Notre Dame as a true freshman in South Bend and played fearless as Clemson nearly upended the Irish. Across nine games, Uiagalelei was responsible for nine total touchdowns as a passer who mixed it up between the tackles now and again thanks to his Ben Roethlisberger-type size at 6-4, 250 pounds. Depth is a concern behind Uiagalelei after second-team option Taisun Phommachanh suffered a serious injury earlier this month in the spring game. Uiagalelei has a chance to rise in these rankings to the top spot by season’s end.

Brad Crawford

Crawford’s top-five is highlighted by Spencer Rattler at number-one.

  1. Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma)
  2. Sam Howell (UNC)
  3. JT Daniels (Georgia)
  4. D.J. Uiagalelei (Clemson)
  5. Brock Purdy (Iowa State)

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