Saturday, October 11, 2008

IS CLEMSON IMPLODING?

...benching their star senior Quarterback, or is coach Tommy Bowden taking a page from the Beamer Book and going with the mobile QB to offset offensive line issues?

So far, it’s worked for the Hokies who inserted fleet footed Tyrod Taylor in place of the older, more experienced and better passer Sean Glennon…Maybe it will help the struggling Tigers?

Late Friday, Bowden named redshirt freshman quarterback Willy Korn the starter for next Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech. He will replace the ACC Preseason Player of the Year, Cullen Harper, who has thrown 4 TDs and 6 picks all the while scrambling for his life behind an injured and inexperienced O-line while starting in the last 19 games.

Harper (seen above running for his life – a fairly common sight this season) guided the Tigers to a 9-4 record last season, leading the Atlantic Coast Conference in passing efficiency and setting 22 school records.

But Clemson’s offense has sputtered this season, managing just seven points over the last six quarters en route to back-to-back losses.

“We need to find a spark offensively,” Bowden said. “With the injuries we have on that side of the ball, we need to re-evaluate our plan. A more mobile quarterback gives us more options.”
In limited action in his collegiate career, Korn has completed 22-of-29 passes for 257 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 15 rushes for 46 yards and two scores.

Korn played in two games early in the 2007 season, but suffered a shoulder injury and received a medical redshirt.

(Photos by Gerry Broome/AP Photos and TommyBowdenIsGod.Blogspot)

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