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DJ Uiagalelei signs with sports agency

Clemson quarterback is jumping into the NIL game by inking a deal to be represented by a New York agency.
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Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei(5) returns the ball to a referee after his 30-yard run for a touchdown during the third quarter of the game against Boston College, Oct 31, 2020; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Josh Morgan - USA TODAY Sports

CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson's staring quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has jumped into the NIL game by signing with New York-based sports agency VaynerSports.

In 2020, Uiagalelei appeared in nine games for Clemson as a freshman, competing 66.7% percent of his passes for 914 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He also ran for four touchdowns. He made two starts for Clemson when Trevor Lawrence was diagnosed with COVID-19.

The new NCAA rule allows college athletes to be compensated through endorsements, autograph signings or in DJ's case, signing with a sports agency who will in turn negotiate deals using an athlete's name, image and likeness.

Uiagalelei is the first Clemson football player to announce he has signed with an agent in the NIL era.

The Tigers begin the 2021 season Sept. 4 against Georgia from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.