DJ Uiagalelei Says He Didn’t Want to Take Any Days Off After Last Season

DJ Uiagalelei is ready to put last season behind him.

The junior quarterback was in Charlotte earlier this week for the ACC Kickoff, and on an appearance on the ACC Network, readily admitted that it was a difficult season.

“It was definitely difficult,” Uiagalelei said. “Just knowing the player who I am. You just see different throws that you wish you had back, different decisions you wish you had back, and just expectations for myself.”

Entering his second season as Clemson’s full-time starting quarterback, Uiagalelei said he holds himself to a very high standard, saying he didn’t play up to his own expectations in 2021.

“I hold myself to a high standard, I know the game I want to play at,” he said. “And it’s just sometimes like ‘dang, I wish I could have that back, wish I played a little bit better.’”

The former 5-star quarterback said after the struggles of last season, he just wanted to get right back to work, and has spent all offseason attempting to get better.

“For me, I didn’t want to take any days off after the season,” Uiagalelei said. “Just get straight back into work, and I feel like that’s the biggest thing, man. Whatever you put in is whatever you’re going to get out. So for me, I want to be the hardest worker on the field, I want to be able to be there for my teammates and just put in the work, man. I feel like as long as you put in that work, you’re going to get whatever you get out.”

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