CLEMSON — Clemson coach Dabo Swinney met with the media on Saturday afternoon following the annual Orange vs. White spring game.
The Tigers spring camp came to an end with the White team winning, 14-13. With Trevor Lawrence gone to the NFL, D.J. Uiagalelei is Clemson’s new starting quarterback and threw for 174 yards and one touchdown on 20 of 28 passes. The performance wasn’t enough, though, as a Phil Mafah 4-yard touchdown run with 1:58 to play gave the White team its only lead of the day. Uiagalelei had an opportunity to lead his Orange team down the field for a game-winning drive but was sacked twice.
White team quarterback Taisun Phommachanh struggled, looking uncomfortable at times in the first half. He completed 14 of his 25 pass attempts for 163 yards with a touchdown and interception. A redshirt sophomore, he put together a strong second half and led the White team down the field late in the fourth quarter before exiting with a left leg injury. Swinney announced in his postgame press conference that Phommachanh likely tore his achilles tendon in the game. Hunter Helms, a redshirt freshman walk-on quarterback, played for both teams and finished a combined 11 of 16 for 88 yards with an interception.
Joseph Ngata (Orange) and Ajou Ajou (White) each led their team in receiving yards. Ajou led all pass catchers with six catches for 102 yards and a score, while Ngata had six receptions for 83 yards. Clemson’s running game also got tested, with Kobe Pace leading all rushers with 69 yards on six carriers. He’s in the mix for to be the second or third running back in the fall.
Hear what the Clemson coach thought of his team’s performance: