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Uiagalelei on Tigers turnover bug: 'We just get in our own way' – Clemson Wire

Turnovers have been a consistent issue for Clemson’s offense this season and the Tigers latest win over Miami last weekend was no different.
Despite a stellar first half where quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei was able to see much-needed efficient success on the offensive front, making three trips to the end zone, the second half told an entirely different story.
“I thought the first half of the game was really good,” Uiagalelei said. “I thought we came out fast, executed really well, moved the ball, ran the ball really well, I thought the first half was really clean. The second half turnovers killed us. I’ve got to do a better job protecting the ball myself and we stalled ourselves out. …”
In the second half against the Hurricanes, the Tigers saw three turnovers committed, one of which was returned for Miami’s lone touchdown drive of the night — Something Uiagalelei acknowledges as he and his team prepare for a heated rivalry matchup against the Gamecocks later this weekend.
“We just get in our own way,” the quarterback said. “From like the first half we had, I thought that we were going to come out great and then we just kind of stalled out. Turnovers killed us again, another week. We’ve got to do a better job of that myself included. Overall, we got the win and our defense balled out, they did an unbelievable job. That touchdown was on us that they gave us, that was really on us, but defense balled out. I think what under 100 yards total… I don’t know how many rushing yards they had but I know they had like 98 yards total, that’s amazing. Hats off to our defense on an unbelievable game.”
As for how Clemson plans to overcome the “turnover bug”, Uiagalelei says the Tigers will just have to play through it while making small adjustments along the way. For the second-year starter, that starts with making improvements in the way he handles the football.
“I think you definitely have to play through it, but you definitely work on it in practice,” Uiagalelei said. “We’ve been working on it and just for some reason, hey, just the last couple of games, we just turned the ball over. I think the biggest thing for that is ball security, holding onto the ball. Gotta do a better job getting ready and getting away with the ball, stepping up, holding onto the ball and making good decisions and at the end of the day, you just got to play through it. Don’t let it get too much in your head, don’t let it bother you too much, but at the end of the day, stay aggressive and continue to keep playing.”
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