Quarterback DJ Uiagalelei entered college with high expectations. Major recruiting services hailed him as a top player in his class, and he excelled in his lonely start as a true freshman against Notre Dame.

However, his 2021 season left a lot to be desired. Uiagalelei threw nine touchdowns against ten interceptions; His somber play led fans to believe that freshman quarterback Cade Klubnik would eventually replace him this season.

Uiagalelei has responded to adversity and launched a career year. He has all the physical tools to win but has matured into a viable quarterback surrounded by plenty of offensive talent.