Whitehurst Sees Specialist

CLEMSON – With the regular season over, there remain only three unanswered questions: When and where will Clemson play next and who will be the starting quarterback.

Tigers football coach Tommy Bowden said that senior Charlie Whitehurst met with acclaimed orthopedist Dr. James R. Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., Monday, to have him look at the quarterback's sore right shoulder. Andrews is widely regarded as one of the top orthopedic and sports medicine authorities in the world.

Bowden said he has no idea whether Whitehurst will play in whatever bowl game the Tigers play.

"I'd say he and his dad have to make that decision," Bowden said. "I wouldn't want him to play in a bowl game it that would impede his draft status."

If Whitehurst doesn't need surgery and opts to play in the bowl game, Bowden said he'll still have no trouble replacing Whitehurst should he struggle the same way he did at Georgia Tech and during the first half against South Carolina.

"If his performance is good, he'll play," Bowden said. "If it's not, he won't. …

"After the Georgia Tech game, I have a shorter leash simply because of preparation. I went into the Duke game with a different mentality."

Bowden said he came very close of pulling Whitehurst against the Gamecocks. He's glad he didn't as Whitehurst was 11-of-15 passing in the second half.

"It's the first time we've gone into a ranked place and not played well and won," Bowden said. "Thank goodness he finished up strong."

Regardless if it's Whitehurst or Will Proctor at quarterback, the first thing Clemson has to do is find out where it's going to play next.

As one would expect, Bowden said he had no preference.

"I'll let the ACC handle that," he said. "We sell 60,000 season tickets. I think we'd be pretty attractive."

Even before the Tigers know where they're headed, which should come on Dec. 4, the coaching staff will be working on the road recruiting the next crop of talent. The coaching staff hits the road Friday and is allowed to make their first contact with recruits on Sunday.

The recruiting period will last until the third week in December.

And just because the players aren't practicing, they will still be working out every day up and through exams, which is when practice starts.

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