Clemson offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter was optimistic when talking about DJ Uiagalelei’s opportunity for a “fresh start” in the 2022 season.

He also told reporters that he is expected to be healthy for spring ball after dealing with a knee injury at times last year.

“The anticipation is that he’ll be healthy this spring,” Streeter said. “I can’t say that his knee is 100 percent yet but he’s getting there. He’s working his tail off.  I’ve met with him a couple times (this winter), and he’s fired up about getting a fresh start.”

That’s all good news for Clemson, who will need better quarterback play in order to get back into the College Football Playoff conversation. The Tigers went 9-3 during the regular season last year before defeating Iowa State in their bowl game.

Uiagalelei was far from Clemson’s only problem in 2021, but he didn’t prove to be the solution, either. His passer efficiency rating of 108.7 ranked last in the ACC amongst qualified quarterbacks.

Perhaps a fresh start with Streeter and a few months of rest will be the recipe for better play from the former 5-star. He’ll have more pressure to produce this season with 5-star quarterback Cade Klubnik enrolling this spring.

Clemson’s spring practices start on March 2.