More Korn Please?

CLEMSON — Willy Korn's future of playing in a critical situation during a game may come sooner than what was originally expected. Clemson coach Tommy Bowden said as much after practice Wednesday night.

"If he continues to do what he is doing, then there is an opportunity that I will play him in a more critical situation other than the end of the game," the Clemson coach said.

Bowden again marveled over Korn's performance in last week's 49-26 victory over Louisiana-Monroe. The true freshman completed 6-of-8 passes for 49 yards, while running for another 20 yards on eight carries.

Korn also engineered a 10-play, 75-yard scoring drive which he capped with a 1-yard run.

"Guys were covered and he scrambled and made plays with his legs and his arms," Bowden said. "We are a multiple formation team and he managed the team good, so there were several things that happened good."

Bowden, who has been coaching for more than 30 years, said he doesn't ever remember seeing a true freshman perform that sharply in his first live action.

"That was the first time I've seen that," he said. "I have seen guys go out there that first time as a veteran – and he is a true freshman – and have seen them line up under center and they're supposed to be in shotgun or open up the wrong way. I've seen that. I've seen that happen, and that didn't happen with him."

But what also happened was No. 20 Clemson had its starting quarterback throw for 270 yards and a school-record five touchdowns.

"(Cullen Harper) is our first-team quarterback," Bowden said. "We have a first team and a second team. I don't how I really can explain it other than that… He is our first-team quarterback."

Bowden reiterated he wasn't replacing Harper with Korn. He said this is just an idea to get Korn more reps with the first-string offense during a game so that if something should happen to Harper, there would be no drop off in production.

Bowden said he would perhaps take a look at what Mark Richt did at Georgia a few years ago when the Bulldogs had David Greene and D.J. Shockley as the their No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks. Shockley occasionally would come in for Georgia for at least one series in the first, second and third quarters.

"That's the only thing that concerns me," Bowden said. "If the other guy goes down as we get into the meat of our conference schedule… That's why I would do it."

Bowden didn't really say when he expected Korn to come in or if he even will during a serious part of the game. He first wants to see if Korn can perform the way he did against ULM, again. If that happens, then Bowden says the offense will try to script a series or two for him. So that means, if the Tigers (2-0) beat Furman the way most expect them to this weekend and Korn comes in and plays well again in mop up duty, then he might get an early series or two against N.C. State the following week and so on.

"I haven't thought that far ahead yet," Bowden said. "I want to see if he can go in there and perform like he did Saturday. Charlie (Whitehurst) did it a couple of times. The first time he did it we just didn't move him in and demote Willie (Simmons). There was another game he did it in and I said, ‘this guy looks like he can be pretty consistent.'

"Now if (Korn) goes 6-of-8 again, I don't care who you are going against, that's pretty good."


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