On the Record: Rob Spence

CLEMSON - In a one-on-one interview with CUTigers.com Sunday afternoon, offensive coordinator Rob Spence said he doesn't consider himself a "two quarterback guy." What did he mean by that comment? Read on to find out!

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I know you don't want to reveal to much about the upcoming season, but what has surprised you through the first part of preseason camp? What has gone well for you and what hasn't gone well?
Spence: I think the surprise of the camp has been the younger players we brought it. We've been really impressed with the athleticism of some of the young signees. For example, Brandon Clear. Just a really impressive big, physical receiver who looks like he has great promise and ability. It's just not him either. The second thing that surprises me is the positive nature of the players and coaches. The unity that seems to be here right now. The togetherness that I feel. The spirit of this team has been very impressive.

Obviously, the fans want to know about the quarterback position. It seems like Cullen Harper has done nothing to relinquish his starting spot right now. Am I correct in making that assumption?
Spence: You are absolutely correct in that. We have strong competition there, but Cullen Harper has done a phenomenal job. Extraordinary. I've had no one work as hard or dedicated himself as much as what he has. As a young player, he's put in countless hours with film study and in the weight room. Lots of work in terms of flexibility and speed improvement. He has a very very good arm and very capable as far as understanding the defensive side of the ball. he has a high football I.Q. I couldn't ask for somebody better to coach at this point in his career. Obviously we have a young player in Willy Korn, who is very impressive for such a young person to come in here and be under the gun like he is. To be asked to do so much, so soon, it's incredible that he's been able to do this up to this point.

"In this particular case, there is significant separation right now that has developed between the two players. It is significant because there is one that has been here for three years working in Coach Batson's weight room. The benefit of seeing film for three years and working around players like Charlie Whitehurst and Will Proctor and seeing both the good and bad and seeing the mistakes that they have made." - Rob Spence.
What is your philosophy as a coordinator as far as using two quarterbacks if there is close competition? Is there a good chance Willy will see the field this year or will it take an injury to Cullen for Willy to play?
Spence: I don't spend a lot of time thinking about that. I'm not a two quarterback guy. I've never been that way and I have not believed in that. In this particular case, there is significant separation right now that has developed between the two players. It is significant because there is one that has been here for three years working in Coach Batson's weight room. The benefit of seeing film for three years and working around players like Charlie Whitehurst and Will Proctor and seeing both the good and bad and seeing the mistakes that they have made. The position of quarterback here is so challenging and so difficult because of the expectation level of the 84,000 people that come here to watch you play. One of my biggest challenges is to make sure the players here keep their eyes and heart focused on the voices that are here and not either the negative or the positive outside of these stadium walls. We've got to keep them focused on what they are doing. They need not worry about anybody else. Just come in here and do their job and let that take care of itself. It will all work out the way it's supposed to work out. The way God wants it to work out.

Obviously you've spent an extensive amount of time reflecting on last season and how it ended. What do you feel like you did well and what do you feel like you need to improve on?
Spence: Well I think I spent a lot of time reflecting on last season, but I'm not looking back anymore. God calls me to look forward, not to look back, so I'm not even going to reflect on last season. Last season was last season. My eyes, and my heart and my soul are focused on everything I'm about to do right now. And that's a perfect example of what I'm talking about right now, I don't want anything to do with last year. People want to keep talking about last year right now. I want everything to do with the moment that lies ahead and is in front of us.

Do you think it helps your guys, in terms of motivation, knowing you open the season with a traditional powerhouse in Florida State?
Spence: We have a great deal of focus. There is no question about that. Whether it has to do with Florida State or not, I don't know, but there is a lot of focus here right now and there's an awful lot of intensity here.

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