Ranking Clemson's QBs

With an All-ACC signal caller returning for his senior season and plenty of young talent behind him, the quarterback position at Clemson looks as strong as it ever has.

RANKING CLEMSON'S QUARTERBACKS
#1. Cullen Harper (6-4,220) - REDSHIRT SENIOR

STRENGTHS- Accuracy. Arm strength. Knowledge of offense. Experience. Pre-snap reads. Goes through progressions. Avoiding costly turnovers. Work ethic.

WEAKNESSES - Sensing backside pressure. Avoiding sacks.

NOTES - Set 22 single-season records in his first year as a starter while guiding the Tigers to a 9-4 record. Also named a permanent team captain. Can make all throws to all parts of the field and has quietly become one of the top quarterbacks in the nation entering the 2008 season. The Harper-Kelly combination may be the best 1-2 punch in all of college football. A strong senior year could allow him to become a first-day draft pick in 2009.

HIGHLIGHT - (7-yard TD Run versus Wake Forest)

BEST CASE STATS - 3,000 yards passing, 30 TDs, 68 percent completion percentage.

#2. Willy Korn (6-2,215) - REDSHIRT FRESHMAN

STRENGTHS- Mobility. Arm strength. Leadership. Work ethic. Speed.

WEAKNESSES - Game day experience. Forcing the action.

NOTES - Appeared in two games in 2007 before missing the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Should see spot duty in 2008. Could offer a nice change of pace to Harper in meaningful situations should the coaching staff decide to go that route. One of the top quarterbacks in the nation for the class of 2007 who will be a major factor in Clemson's offense in 2009. Completed 8-of-11 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in two games a year ago.

HIGHLIGHT - (Korn 42-yard TD pass to La'Donte Harris vs. Furman)

BEST CASE STATS - 400 passing yards, 65 percent completion percentage, 4 TDs, 150 rushing yards, 2 TDs.

#3. Kyle Parker (6-0,190) - FRESHMAN

STRENGTHS- Arm strength. Mobility. Vision.

WEAKNESSES - Experience. Size.

NOTES - One of the top quarterbacks in the nation in the 2008 recruiting class and also a standout baseball player- was named as a first-team All-ACC performer for Jack Leggett's team after enrolling at Clemson in January. Has the strongest arm on campus right now but was limited in spring practice due his focus on baseball. Compiled 1,850 yards and 15 touchdowns passing, along with over 1000 yards rushing as a senior.

HIGHLIGHTS - (Senior year at Bartram Trail HS)

BEST CASE STATS - Will likely redshirt.

#4. Michael Wade (6-1,205) REDSHIRT SOPHOMORE

STRENGTHS- Knowledge of the offense. Physical conditioning.

WEAKNESSES - Size. Gameday experience as a quarterback.

NOTES - Started as a quarterback before moving to safety in 2007 and is now a quarterback again entering preseason camp. One of the top academic performers on the team, carried a perfect 4.0 GPA through his freshman year and maintains one of the top GPAs. Will likely be the third team QB unless Parker or Richt gets snaps or could possibly move to another position.

BEST CASE STATS - 100 yards passing, 1 TD

#5. Jon Richt (6-2,190) - FRESHMAN

STRENGTHS- Accuracy. Pocket presence.

WEAKNESSES - Mobility. Experience.

NOTES - Son of Georgia head coach Mark Richt and an underrated prospect who showed substantial development during his senior year. The No. 83 quarterback prospect in the nation according to Scout.com after holds establishing career records for completions (181), passing yards (2468), and touchdowns (26) at Prince Avenue.

HIGHLIGHTS - (Senior year highlights at Prince Avenue Christian School)

BEST CASE STATS - Will likely redshirt.



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