Clemson manager Dabo Swinney is always planning to let talented defender DJ Uiagalelei replace Trevor Lawrence, but not this weekend against Boston College.
That was the situation for Tigers, however, after Lawrence tested positive for COVID-19. He will be playing against Eagles (4-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Games) and his status in the 4th Notre Dame match on 7 November is unclear as Lawrence is sidelined. at least 10 days.
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So ready or not, Uiagalelei (oo-ee-AHN-ga-leh-lay) got a chance to show off his skills as Clemson’s starter.
Uiagalelei is a highly regarded passer – ranked 2 on overall college prospects by Rivals.com ̵1; and is expected to be Clemson’s next standout defender. Swinney hopes Uiagalelei has the success in Clemson that Deshaun Watson, now with Houston Texans, and Lawrence is enjoying as the Heisman Trophy’s top contender and potentially the top pick in the draft. NFL year 2021.
Uiagalelei, a 6-foot 4, 250-pound freshman from the Inland Empire, California near Los Angeles, enrolled in January and underwent nine spring training sessions before the coronavirus pandemic shut down all activities. College sports in March.
He has shown a huge arm and a power run game in five appearances, mainly after Lawrence and the Tigers (6-0, 5-0) had matches at hand.
“I just want to prepare myself mentally and do my job,” Uiagalelei said earlier this month. “Just to have real bullets and have time to play. It was just super cool. “
He’s going to have plenty of playtime on Saturday, sooner than when he blows up.
Uiagalelei has received scholarships from a series of teams in the Top 25 including Alabama, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma. He chose Tigers, he said, in part because Lawrence and the opportunity sheltered him for a season.
“Just to see what makes him great,” said Uiagalelei. “See how he works on a daily basis, the different sacrifices he makes on the football field, off the pitch and how he organizes his time. There’s a lot I learned from him to try and be a great player like him. “
Aside from Lawrence’s talent, part that makes him great is the talent that surrounds him – including another Heisman candidate in the Travis Etiennne run. And that will also help Uiagalelei.
Etienne, who has reigned twice for ACC for the year, has 522 yards and eight touches this season.
Uiagalelei missed the Georgia Tech match with a bruised shoulder. He came back last week against Syracuse, completing one of his three passes in the final inning.
After Uiagalelei, who was last year’s substitute, freshman redshirt Taisun Phommachanh, from Bridgeport, Connecticut. Phommachanh played three games last year.
The only quartet on Clemson’s list to throw a touch to the ground outside of Lawrence is Hunter Helms, a fourth player to hit two scoring shots in a 73-7 match at Georgia Tech two weeks ago.
Lawrence has been very special this season. He threw ACC 1,833 yards and 17 tackles with just two interceptions. Lawrence was 31-1 when he first started in college, his lone defeat to LSU in the national championship match last January.
Swinney and Lawrence say he has mild viral symptoms and has been quarantined since first feeling ill. No other players are at risk of contracting the virus from coming into contact with Lawrence, Swinney said.
The 10 days of isolation, if counted back from Wednesday’s testing, would end in time for Lawrence to play Fighting Irish. Of course, it looks like Alabama coach Nick Saban will miss the team’s game against Georgia after a positive test. However, the three tests were negative and three days later Saban stood on the sidelines in a 41-24 win earlier this month.
Clemson released his weekly sports test report on Friday (part of a three-a-week regimen), saying three student-athletes had positive results from October 23-29. Department spokesman Jeff Kallin declined to say whether the other footballers were among the positive tests. He said Lawrence has allowed the department to disclose his medical status and others do not.
Any soccer player tested to be positive will be on a list not available with anyone injured, although no details have been released about any of the players. The roster will be announced approximately two hours before Saturday’s match against Boston College, as Clemson does every day.
Clemson says it performed 12,897 COVID-19 tests for athletes and athletes with 177 positive – 140 athletes and 37 employees. The school said there were no hospitalizations.
On Tuesday, Lawrence said the Tigers were doing well to stay safe amid the ongoing pandemic.
“We do a great job here keeping our social distance, six feet, in our conference room wearing masks, all of that coming where we have no close contact, we are not close. together, so we can’t pass the virus on, ”Lawrence said.
The hardest thing, Lawrence said on Thursday, was to miss a game with his teammates. He said that he will watch and cheer for the Tigers “while I wait for the opportunity to rejoin the team.”