NOTEBOOK: Davis Gets Away

CLEMSON — After Saturday's devastating loss to Maryland, Clemson running back James Davis wanted to get away. He wanted to get away from all the negative talk he was hearing on the radio and reading in the papers and on the internet.

So, he went home to Atlanta and watched football. He didn't watch any of the college games or the NFL games. Instead he went home to watch his little brother play in his football game.

"I kind of got away for a while," Davis said. "I wanted to do something to get away and when I came back, I was going to try to keep everything together if I can."

That everything is the state of the Clemson team right now, which still seems shaky following the 20-17 loss to Maryland last Saturday. Two years ago, the Tigers (3-2, 1-1 ACC) never recovered following a loss to Maryland and later, many of the returning players admitted that some of the seniors at the time sort of quit on the team and began looking towards possible careers in the NFL.

Davis, a projected first-round pick by some, says he is going to do all he can this year to make sure that doesn't happen again.

"Guys still know we have a chance for us to win this thing," he said. "We have a great senior class. To keep this thing together, we have to be the ones to step up and lead those guys in situations like this.

"We have been down this road before. Every year since I have been here, we have been in situations like this, but we overcame these situations most of the time."

Davis is working hard to make sure this is one of those times they overcome it. After all, he did give up a shot in the NFL to come back and win a championship.

"If you want to win a championship, this (Wake Forest) has to be one of the games you have to be able to win. To win a championship, you have to be able to win on the road," he said. "We have to learn to get everybody playing together and hopefully with us getting some of the guys back it will get us back on the right track… I text a lot of guys on the team and a lot of the seniors and let them know this season isn't over. We still can go 10-2 in this thing, but we have to fix our mistakes."

Checking in with Willy: Despite speculation that he might get a shot to play against Wake Forest on Oct. 9, second-team quarterback Willy Korn says he knows nothing of the sort and only practiced with the second team Tuesday.

The redshirt freshman says "it's not going to happen. I will say no. That's what I think. I'm ready if it does, but if I was a betting man, I would say no. There is no news to report, sorry."

Injury report. Clemson running back C.J. Spiller says he doesn't know what is wrong with his right foot.

The junior, who has rushed for 305 yards and five scores so far, had the top of his foot wrapped in ice following Tuesday's practice and seemed a little gimpy when he walked. He says he hurt the foot on his touchdown run in the Tigers 27-9 victory over N.C. State on Sept. 13.

He did practice on Tuesday, however, and says he will play against Wake Forest.

Other notables, Clemson left guard David Smith (sprained ankle) is questionable for the Wake Forest game. Defensive tackle Antwon Murchison (pulled hamstring) is also questionable, while reserve middle linebacker Stanley Hunter (sprained ankle) is probable.

Left tackle Chris Hairston did practice Tuesday and is expected to start against Wake Forest. Top Stories