Oregon State has named Clemson transfer DJ Uiagalelei as its starting quarterback for the 2023 season, according to multiple reports.

According to The Oregonian’s Nick Daschel, Uiagalelei was informed of the decision Monday night. He beats out fourth-year sophomore Ben Gulbranson and true freshman Aidan Chiles for the starting job.

It’s a move that was widely expected from Oregon State. Uiagalelei was a huge addition out of the transfer portal this offseason after making 28 starts in his three years at Clemson and being part of two ACC Championship teams. Still, Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith made him come in and earn the job.

Gulbranson took over for Chance Nolan midway through the 2022 season and helped the Beavers to a 7-1 record. It was Oregon State’s first 10-win season since 2006. Gulbranson was efficient with executing what was asked of him. He threw for 1,455 yards and nine touchdowns while completing 62.4% of his passes.

But the Beavers went into the offseason looking for an upgrade at the quarterback spot to help propel the team to a Pac-12 championship in 2023.

Uiagalelei was quickly identified as that upgrade. The 6-foot-4 passer threw for 5,681 yards and 36 touchdowns in his 36 appearances at Clemson. He’s also totaled 913 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground.

The biggest question mark with Uiagalelei was his decision-making. He holds a career 59.8% completion rate and has thrown 17 interceptions over the last two seasons.

Reports out of fall camp suggest the St. John Bosco product has looked comfortable and accurate operating within the Oregon State offense. The Beavers will have a talented and experienced offensive line, and one of the country’s very best running backs in Damien Martinez.

The pieces could be in place for Uiagalelei to enjoy the same kind of career resurgence out west that Bo Nix and Michael Penix Jr. found last season.

Oregon State opens the 2023 season on the road against San Jose State on Sunday, Sept. 3. The Beavers’ home opener is against UC Davis on Sept. 9.