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Uiagalelei explains why Lawrence’s presence didn’t deter him from Clemson

On Saturday afternoon, when Clemson takes on The Citadel at Death Valley, freshman quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei figures to see plenty of playing time after Trevor Lawrence leaves the game, assuming the Tigers have a comfortable lead.

Uiagalelei has learned a lot from Lawrence since arriving on campus in January and will try to approach the 4 p.m. tilt against the Bulldogs with the same mentality that Lawrence enters every practice and every game with.

“Right when he steps on the field, it’s like he has a business mindset and he (believes) every single rep matters and every single rep counts – no matter if it’s a walk-through rep, you can see that he makes sure he’s accountable on everything he has to do and he just takes it super seriously,” Uiagalelei said this week.