DJ Uiagalelei has been benched in favor of Cade Klubnik with Clemson trailing Syracuse at Memorial Stadium.

Uiagalelei had a disappointing 2021 season during which he threw 9 touchdowns but 10 interceptions. He entered Saturday’s contest against the Orange having thrown 17 touchdowns versus just 2 interceptions. However, he is 13-of-21 with 138 yards, 0 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions thus far as the No. 5 Tigers are looking to shake off a challenge from the No. 14 team in the country.

After his 2nd interception of the day with 6 minutes, 27 seconds remaining in the 3rd quarter, Dabo Swinney opted to turn to true freshman Cade Klubnik. Swinney had mentioned his confidence in Uiagalelei in the past, but with the Tigers looking to avoid a rare home loss, he has turned to Klubnik. Should the former No. 1 quarterback recruit ultimately lead Clemson to victory, that could potentially open up quite the discussion in Upstate South Carolina.

Meanwhile, there’s been plenty of social media reaction regarding Swinney’s decision to bench his starting quarterback: