Starting quarterback Willy Korn said it best when he said the team is slowly but surely starting to pick up the pieces of the events of yesterday, while trying to focus on the positive outlook of a new second half of the season.
"It's obviously a big difference from yesterday when the whole circus was going on," he told CUTigers.com. "It was semi-normal today. It was pretty much normal. I think everybody has mentally accepted the fact that Coach Bowden has moved on and that Coach Swinney is our head coach and that we are going to rally behind him."
Korn also said it's been a little different throwing to the first team wide receivers this week in practice. Different, but obviously good considering this is really the first time it's ever happened.
"It's just different. It's easy. It's an adjustment throwing to different guys," he said. "Up to the last week, I was throwing to Xavier Dye, Marquan Jones, Brandon Clear, Nelson Faerber and I had developed a pretty chemistry with those guys and now I'm throwing to Aaron Kelly, Tyler Grisham, Jacoby Ford … guys I'm not used to throwing to.
NO REST FOR THE WEARY: Interim head coach Dabo Swinney said earlier Tuesday he only got two hours of sleep after the events of Monday, and new quarterbacks coach Billy Napier also said it's been an all-out effort by the entire staff putting together this week's game plan ... which started Monday and went well into the evening.
"We aren't getting much sleep right now," he told CUTigers. "But I'm planning and preparing to put our players in a place to be successful. That's truly what it is about at this point. We want them to be successful."
Napier and Swinney will be responsible for the actual calling of plays Saturday against Georgia Tech, even though the strategy involving who does what has not yet been revealed.
Regardless of how it all shakes out, it seems safe to say both will have a big say into whatever kind of offense the Tigers put on the field.
"We have a plan in place," Napier said. "Obviously coach Swinney and I have been working together for five years and we work well together. Very well. I'm exciting about having the opportunity to have some influence on the play calling.
"We are going to let it rip. The thing I like is, we as a group, are making a lot of decisions together. We've got an idea of what we want to do already. That's what you do."
Napier also said he and the offensive staff are still concerned about Clemson's offensive line, mainly because of the injuries.
"Our biggest thing right now is how do we cope with the young offensive linemen?" he said. "That's my main concern right now. Next week is our open week and we expect to get a bunch of a guys back and that will be a big help but that's one of our concerns going into this game, especially with a defense like Georgia Tech's that is so good on the front four."
Napier has a year of experience under his belt calling plays at S.C. State before he came to Clemson three years ago.
INJURY UPDATES: RB C.J. Spiller will miss Saturday's game, as expected, with a torn hamstring. "My main concern right now is getting healthy. I'm disappointed I can't help out the team, and that's all I can really say," he said after Tuesday's practice. ... OL Cory Lambert (sprained foot) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against Georgia Tech and should start practicing again by Wednesday. ... Guard Barry Humphries is also expected to be back in a limited role after suffering a partially torn ACL in week one against Alabama.
QUOTE TO NOTE: They run a bunch of formations. You talk about, you better be precise and discipline. That's one of the things I talked to the team tonight. This is a game of tremendous discipline. Guys lining up and coming off the ball, playing with a low pad level. If you have one mistake they take it to the house. They lull your corners to sleep. Then they hit you. It's going to be a big test for our defense." – Interim head coach Dabo Swinney on facing Georgia Tech's triple option attack.
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