Bad News For Clemson Quarterback

The Clemson Tigers got some bad news on Saturday as quarterback Taisun Phommachanh likely suffered a torn Achilles tendon during the spring game, the Spun reports.

“Really tough, tough break for Taisun,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said, per Grace Raynor.

The backup quarterback threw a bad pick early but recovered with a decent stat line of completing 14-of-25 passes for 163 yards a touchdown and an interception to complete the Tigers’ Spring Game Saturday before he was injured.

Fansided reports his season is done after “rupturing his Achilles.”

The redshirt sophomore entered 2021 having completed 11-of-29 passes for 73 yards and having rushed for 81 yards on 19 carries in 86 snaps over seven games, and prior to the spring game, Swinney said he was pleased with the quarterback’s progress so far.

Clemson doesn’t have veteran depth in its quarterback room with Trevor Lawrence projected as the No. 1 overall pick, so sophomore D.J. Uiagalelei will be Clemson’s guy.

He returns in 2021 following an impressive true freshman campaign in which he completed 78-of-117 passes for 914 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He took 235 snaps in 10 games with two starts.

He was also credited with 28 carries for 60 yards and four rushing touchdowns during his true freshman season.

During the spring game on Saturday, Uiagalelei completing 20-of-28 passes for 174 yards playing only in limited action.

2021 will be the first season his first season as the Tigers’ starting quarterback after briefly filling in for Lawrence while he was out dealing with COVID.

Written by Megan Turner

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  1. As a Clemson alum, it’s a tough break for Taisun who has worked hard for two and a half years on and off the field. Program-wise Clemson is unaffected unless something happens to starter, DJ Uiagalelie. Competition for the backup position is likely to occur in-program without transfers.

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