Clemson football and Dabo Swinney endured a disappointing- by their lofty standards- season in 2021, winning 10 games while falling short of the College Football Playoff, a destination they’ve become familiar with in recent years. Last year’s starting quarterback, DJ Uiagalelei, contributed to the underachieving squad, as the former 5-star recruit had a very uneven season.

Heading into the 2022 campaign, Uiagalelei found himself in a battle for the starting job with incoming freshman Cade Klubnik, who Swinney had compared to former Tigers star Deshaun Watson. Swinney announced his 2022 starter, but there’s a catch, per JP Priester of Sports Illustrated.

“Swinney also said DJ Uiagalelei is no doubt the starting quarterback, noting he has earned it and it is his job to keep. He added that freshman Cade Klubnik would get opportunities to play.”