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FSU quarterback DJ Uiagalelei declines ACC media day invite: “Florida State should be represented by players who were part of last year’s ACC championship team”

When the Florida State Seminoles football team takes the stage in Charlotte later this month for the start of the 2024 ACC, one notable player will not be present.

New quarterback DJ Uiagalelei, who joined the Seminoles after a year at Oregon State and two with the Clemson Tigers, announced he will decline an invitation from the ACC to attend in hopes of providing a platform for his teammates:

I was honored to be invited by the conference bureau to represent State of Florida at this year’s ACC Kickoff. The experience of attending that event in 2021 and 2022 is one of the highlights of my time in college, and I appreciate being considered one of the best players in the conference heading into this season. However, I strongly believe that Florida State should be represented by players who were part of last year’s ACC championship team. The players who helped bring this program back to the top of the ACC should have the opportunity to be recognized for their contributions. This team is about more than its quarterback, and I’m excited for my teammates who will experience this fantastic event.

Uiagalelei, who is projected to be FSU’s starting quarterback in 2024, will have to fill a significant role on the team as he replaces current New York Jets quarterback Jordan Travis. Last season, he went 8-4 as the Beavers’ starting quarterback, throwing for 2,638 yards and 21 touchdowns (to go along with 219 yards and six touchdowns on the ground).

His full FSU bio:

BEFORE FSU:

Oregon State transfer who began his college career at Clemson…has appeared in 48 games with 40 starts and has a 30-10 record as a starter…totaled 9,451 yards of total offense courtesy of 8,319 yards and 57 touchdowns passing and 1,132 yards and 21 touchdowns rushing…2023 Davey O’Brien Award semifinalist…started all 12 games he appeared in in 2023, leading the Beavers to an 8-4 regular-season record…completed 180 of 315 passes for 2,638 yards and 21 touchdowns with 219 yards rushing and six scores…passing touchdown total tied for the sixth-highest single-season output in OSU history…produced a big 6.8 percent pass rate to rank among the nation’s leaders via PFF…QBR of 80.6 ranked 13th nationally… completed 19 of 25 passes for 275 yards and tied for a career-high five touchdowns in a 52-40 win at Cal… averaged 20 yards per completion in a 26-9 win against San Diego State and a 62-17 win against Stanford… ranks in the top 10 on Clemson’s career lists for completions, passing touchdowns, quarterback rushing touchdowns, passing yards and wins as a starting quarterback… completed 515 of 861 passes for 5,681 yards and 36 touchdowns while adding 913 yards and 15 touchdowns on 275 rushing attempts and going 22-6 in starts over three seasons with the Tigers… two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection and three-time ACC Honor Roll recipient… completed 26 of 41 passes for 371 yards and a career-high five passing touchdowns in a 51-45 win at No. 21 Wake Forest in 2022, becoming the first Clemson player with at least 370 passing yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions since Heisman Trophy finalist Deshaun Watson in 2015… 146.4 passing efficiency rating in 2020 was the fifth-highest by an ACC freshman since 2002… completed 30 of 41 passes for 342 yards and two touchdowns plus a rushing touchdown in his first collegiate start to lead the Tigers to a 34-28 win against Boston College… 18-point comeback against the Eagles was the largest in Memorial Stadium history… threw for a career-high and CU freshman-record 439 yards with two touchdowns on 29 completions and added a touchdown rushing at No. 4 Notre Dame… broke the record for most passing yards by an Irish opponent, bettering the previous mark of 425 yards set by Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer of USC in 2002… ranked the No. 2 prospect nationally, No. 1 pro-style quarterback and No. 2 California prospect in the Class of 2020 by 247Sports… also rated the No. 1 pocket passer in the country by ESPN… named a U.S. Army All-American after leading St. John Bosco to a No. 1 national ranking and the California 7A state championship as a senior… threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns and had 67 yards and a rushing touchdown in the state championship game… named the 2018 National Offensive Player of the Year by USA Today.