Clemson Football: Could Taisun Phommachanh change positions?

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Clemson football QB Taisun Phommachanh will be entrenched in a position battle this coming spring, but could we see him switch positions?

One of the most interesting position battles for the 2020 Clemson football team will be at the second-string quarterback spot.

The Tigers have their starter in Trevor Lawrence entrenched for one more season, but then we’ll see a battle for the starting position the following year. The 2020 second-string battle will just be a preview of what we’re going to see in 2021.

It will be former 4-star QB Taisun Phommachanh versus 5-star incoming freshman DJ Uiagalelei.

Though Phommachanh showed some promise in his passing ability, our thought is that Uiagalelei ends up winning the job at some point next season. Phommachanh will be given every chance and will likely be listed as the second-string guy for the majority of 2020, but it will be Uiagalelei that wins the job when it’s all said and done.


Uiagalelei is just a different breed. He has an arm that is comparable to Trevor Lawrence. He is built like a tank and has the ability to run. He’s going to be the No. 1 pick in a future NFL Draft and it’s going to be his team starting his sophomore season.

So, it begs the question, what happens with Phommachanh?

One thing I’d absolutely love to see is Phommachanh make the move to wide receiver. He’s 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds and would be a dominant force in the receiving game. Phommachanh has the athleticism and foot-speed to make it work and could have a nice career out on the edge if he chose to make that switch.

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If he does want to play quarterback, Phommachanh will have an opportunity to prove himself this spring and he’ll need to make the most of that chance right off the bat. Perhaps he is able to beat Uiagalelei out for the spot, but it will be interesting to see if he could still stay with the Clemson football program at another position if he didn’t win the job when it’s all said and done.