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Sep 26, 2022

McFadden, Uiagalelei Earn ACC Weekly Awards

CLEMSON, S.C. — The Atlantic Coast Conference announced today that offensive tackle Jordan McFadden (Co-Offensive Lineman of the Week) and quarterback DJ Uiagalelei (Quarterback of the Week) have earned ACC Player of the Week honors for their performances in Clemson’s thrilling 51-45 double-overtime win against No. 21/16 Wake Forest on Saturday.

The selections are Clemson’s third and fourth of the season. With the addition of the duo’s honors this week, Clemson has now garnered a total of 557 ACC weekly honors since 1968.

McFadden collected his third career ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week award after grading out at 91 percent with three knockdowns, according to Clemson’s coaching staff, while playing every offensive snap. He served as a key pass protector whose performance helped Clemson convert 16-of-23 third downs, a school single-game record that surpassed the Tigers’ 15 third-down conversions against Western Carolina in 1983.

Uiagalelei’s selection represents the third ACC weekly honor of his career, joining two ACC Rookie of the Week nods as a true freshman in 2020. Last week, Uiagalelei completed 26-of-41 passes for a season-high 371 passing yards with a career-high five passing touchdowns and also added 52 rushing yards on 14 carries. He became the first Clemson quarterback to throw five touchdown passes in a game since Trevor Lawrence at Georgia Tech in 2020, and he produced the first game by a Clemson player with at least 370 passing yards, at least five touchdowns and no interceptions since Deshaun Watson at NC State in 2015.

Uiagalelei was also named Monday as one of eight Manning Award Stars of the Week. Placekicker B.T. Potter also earned a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week selection for his 13-point performance that included a 4-for-4 effort on PATs and a 3-for-3 mark on field goals, including a game-tying 52-yard field goal in the fourth quarter that tied his career long.