D.J. Uiagalelei to enter transfer portal: Oregon State, former Clemson QB moves on once more after resurrecting his career?

????️ Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei is set to enter the NCAA transfer portal again, signaling the end of his one-year tenure with the Oregon State Beavers, as reported by 247Sports. This move follows the departure of Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith to Michigan State, leading to the promotion of Trent Bray as the Beavers’ new head coach.

???? NFL Draft Prospects for Uiagalelei

The possibility of Uiagalelei entering the 2024 NFL Draft remains open, according to 247Sports.

???? Uiagalelei’s Performance at Oregon State

After underwhelming seasons at Clemson, Uiagalelei’s production at Oregon State was similar to his last year with the Tigers – 27 total touchdowns in 2023 compared to 29 in 2022. However, his comfort level in Smith’s system was notably improved, with significantly better protection; he was sacked only 11 times compared to over 20 sacks in each of the previous two years at Clemson.

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???? Statistical Highlights and Team Performance

Uiagalelei’s Oregon State stats were impressive: 2,638 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, and seven interceptions, plus 219 rushing yards and six touchdowns. The Beavers ended their regular season with an 8-4 record.

???? West Coast Return and Clemson Tenure

Uiagalelei’s Oregon stint marked a return to the West Coast after his time at Clemson from 2020-22, where he was inconsistent as a starter.

???? Career Achievements

Throughout his career, Uiagalelei has tallied 8,319 passing yards and 57 touchdowns, along with 1,132 rushing yards and 21 scores.

???? Implications for Uiagalelei and Oregon State

While Uiagalelei’s future in college football isn’t certain, his experience as a Power Five starter makes him a sought-after prospect in the transfer market. Potential options include following Smith to Michigan State or exploring other opportunities.

???? Oregon State’s Challenges Ahead

Uiagalelei’s departure adds to Oregon State’s challenges, especially with the impending Pac-12 realignments. With quarterbacks Ben Gulbranson and Aidan Chiles on the roster, the team faces uncertain times ahead, particularly as the Pac-12 loses most of its members in 2024, leaving only Oregon State and Washington State DJ Uiagalelei.

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