On the Record: Cullen Harper

CLEMSON - He's been one of the biggest surprises of the ACC thus far. Or has he? CUTigers.com sits down for another one-on-one with Cullen Harper to get the latest.

Redshirt junior quarterback Cullen Harper has gotten off to as good as start as he possibly could imagine. Through his first three games as a starter, he's completed 50-of-69 passes for 696 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.

For his career, he's now thrown 91 passes with no interceptions.

While his play has been a surprise to most, it hasn't been a surprise to Harper himself.

CUTigers.com sat down with Harper earlier this week to get his thoughts on his fast start, Saturday's game against N.C. State and more in another edition of On the Record:

10 touchdowns and no interceptions through your first three starts. Did you ever envision a scenario like that?
Harper: I knew if I just took care of my business and did was I was capable of doing this team could be very successful and I think we have been so far. It doesn't surprise me but I am very thankful and very fortunate that things have gone as well as they have been. It's a compliment to my teammates and my coaches and everything they have done. I'm extremely pleased with where we are now but obviously we still have a long ways to go and we have to take it week by week.

Through three games Cullen Harper has completed 50-of-69 passes for 696 yards, 10 touchdowns and no interceptions.
What do you think you need to do to continue to improve as a quarterback and also as a starter?
Harper: I just have to continue to stay humble and continue prepare myself week in and week out and watching a lot of film. Study my plays like I have been doing and trust the coaches and the game plan they bring to the table. I think everything will be alright if I continue to do those things.

You've got your first road game Saturday against N.C. State, talk about your mentality in facing that challenge.
Harper: It's definitely going to be different. It's the first time I've been on the road as a starting quarterback. It will be different, but I'm still just playing football. It will be exciting. We just need to go up there and stay calm, focused and relaxed. I think it's an exciting opportunity for us.

I've gotten the sense in recent years that this team actually plays better on the road. You guys seem to take the "us against the world" mentality. Am I right?
Harper: I think it is kind of like that. You go into a stadium on the road and everybody is against you. It's just you and your teammates. You have to come together as one unit and stick together and be able to deal with adversity. The fans are there and they are going to boo us. They aren't supporting us but you just have to stick together and execute the game plan at a high level.

You have thrown the ball a good bit the last two weeks but N.C. State has one of the worst run defenses in the country and their first and second team defensive tackles are out for this game. Does that reveal anything about the game plan this week for you guys?
Harper: I'm not quite sure. We'll take whatever they give us. If they are going to play like the past couple of weeks with what we've seen we'll be prepared. Whatever is working. If we can run the ball and we can win that way, that would be great. If we have to pass the ball, we'll be fine as well.

Do you have the ability to change the play at the line of scrimmage whenever you want to? How much control over audibles do you have?
Harper: We have a pretty good bit of packages in place where if we get a certain look then I audible to another play. I have a pretty good bit of control in that aspect of the game. Coach Spence is still the one in control of it all so I just do what he coaches me to do.

Have you gone back and watched film of Kentucky this week given that their new defensive coordinator was there last year?
Harper: We actually did. We saw what they did in the bowl game last year and we've gone back on film. We've also obviously been watching a lot of N.C. State.

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