Dabo Swinney Defends QB DJ Uiagalelei: “People Talk About Him Like He’s Some Slapdick From Eastaboga Community College”

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If you know anything about college football, then you know Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney isn’t afraid to speak his mind, especially when it comes to his players.

Known for giving wild postgame speeches, and being a passionately opinionated person, he’s a “love him or hate him” kinda guy.

This past season, Clemson underperformed tremendously for their recent standards, going 10-3, and not even making it to the ACC Championship.

Many Clemson and college football fans alike put the blame on D.J. Uiagalelei’s quarterback play, who was a preseason Heisman favorite and former number one quarterback prospect coming out of high school.

He only completed 55% of his passes, throwing more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (9).

Former number one quarterback prospect for the class of 2022, Cade Klubnik, came into Clemson this spring with many believing he’d win the starting spot off the bat.

However, in a recent interview with SiriusXM, Swinney appears to be sticking with his former starting quarterback, and he wasn’t afraid to let the world know in good ol’ Dabo fashion.

He said:

“My quarterback… this dude’s a freak. And people talk about him like he’s some slapdick from Eastaboga Community College and this guy can play the game at the highest level. He’s going to play the game at the highest level.

And he wasn’t great last year. He was awesome as a freshman. He was awesome his whole career in high school. He’s a winner. He’s got all the tools, all the intangibles. But he is better because of what he went through.”

He then spoke about how Uiagalelei lost his confidence for the first time ever in his career last season:

“He loses his confidence, for the first time in his life he had to face some criticism. This guy ain’t ever been criticized. He’s been the goat his life.

Now all of a sudden, he’s got milk-bone underwear on and people are chomping at him everywhere he goes.”

Needless to say, Dabo is gonna Dabo, and he’s gonna deliver a hilarious response at any given moment.

However, it’ll be interesting to see what will happen if D.J. starts to shit the bed again.

Will he throw in the true freshman Cade Klubnik? I guess we’ll find out shortly…

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