The Cade Klubnik era is officially underway in Clemson.
With DJ Uiagalelei now in the transfer portal, Klubnik is now the guy, as the Tigers prepare to face Tennessee in the Orange Bowl.
After one of the first practices last week, head coach Dabo Swinney discussed how the team is handling the switch from Uiagalelei to the freshman.
“Great. I mean, we are just getting going,” Swinney said. “They had last week. They all knew. I mean, they handled it during the (ACC Championship), you know? Everybody handled it during the game. These guys are all competitors, and they all understand the game.”
Klubnik’s insertion into the ACC title game completely reenergized a Clemson offense that was badly in need of a boost, particularly the passing game. Uiagalelei was coming off the worst performance of his career in a one-point loss to rival South Carolina and had guided the Tigers to consecutive three-and-outs to start the game in Charlotte.
With Uiagalelei now having moved on and Klubnik set to make his first career start, Swinney is envisioning a seamless transition.
“Cade’s an easy guy,” the head coach said. “It’s not like he’s some hard personality. He’s an easy guy to get behind.”
Clemson and Florida State have released depth charts ahead of this weekend’s matchup at Death Valley.
Clemson vs Florida Atlantic: Depth Charts
The ninth-ranked Tigers will travel to Duke to face off with the Blue Devils. Kickoff is set for 8 pm and the game will be televised by ESPN.