HARPER EXPECTING TO BE 100 PERCENT: Senior quarterback Cullen Harper met with the media for the first time after his surgery Sunday, which was done to clean out chips in his left shoulder.
By all accounts, the surgery went well and he now says he'll be 100 percent for the rest of the 2008 season.
"Basically all they did was go in there and clean out some chips," he said. "I chipped my humerus bone against N.C. State and they went in there and cleaned it out. It was a fracture ... that was what was causing the pain but it's already starting to feel better and I should be good for Boston College. I should be 100 percent."
As far as the two-quarterback system goes, which interim head coach Dabo Swinney said he would look to use if backup quarterback Korn is healthy, Harper said he has no problems with it, especially if Korn can bring an added dimension to the field.
"It's something that coach Swinney decided on," he said. "You want to do what's best for the team and if bringing Willy in helps than I'm for it.
"But I'm excited about the opportunity to start again and plan on going out this week to work hard and get ready for Boston College."
Korn suffered a bone bruise in his throwing shoulder against Georgia Tech is officially listed as questionable for the Boston College game.
Harper is expected to start against Boston College.
SPILLER'S TEST WEEK: Junior running back C.J. Spiller said Tuesday he expects to be healthy enough to play against Boston College in two weeks, but that he's also using this week as a "test week" to see just how much his hamstring can handle.
Spiller injured his hamstring against Wake Forest 12 days ago.
"The hamstring is great. I'm just doing rehab right now. I'm taking it day to day. Hopefully, the plan is to play once I go to Boston College," he said.
"This week is going to be like a testing week for me. I'm going to start running but they know I do a lot of cutting so they have to make sure I can fully cut. If I can't then I won't do any practice and then we'll go from there. But this week I'll be pushing myself to see how I feel."
Spiller also said he feels like the offense will take more steps forward against Boston College, especially with the off-week to help transition over to the new coaching staff.
"I think in the second half we started to come together more offense," he said. "Guys started making plays. Defensively we've been great. We just have to put in a couple of wrinkles on offense and get a winning streak going."
DAVIS READY TO GET BACK ON THE FIELD: While some are viewing the off-week as an opportunity to rest up to prepare for the second half of the season, senior running back James Davis is taking a different approach.
"If I had my choice, I'd rather get back on the field and play today," he said. "The off-week is good because it allows us to put in more wrinkles with the offense. We didn't get a chance to put all of that stuff in last week in three days so that's good. But I'd rather go out there and play right now."
Davis also said, despite what others may think, his focus remains on Clemson University, the football team and these next five games- not the NFL.
And also, he had a message for the fans.
"I always say this but I love Clemson. I always have and that hasn't changed," he said. "I'm not thinking about the next level. I'm thinking about trying to get this thing turned around and get us into a bowl game."
QUICK HITS WITH JEFF SCOTT: New wide receivers coach Jeff Scott, who was promoted up from a graduate assistant position on defense last week with the coaching change, said he's taking an active role in the booth working with Billy Napier in assisting in play-calling with Dabo Swinney.
"I think right now, with me being on offense for one week, I've spent more of my time catching up more than anything else," he said. "I'm in the booth helping out watching coverages and giving some ideas based on what I'm seeing from coverages. So hopefully I'll be able to help out the passing game some."
Scott also said that last week's schedule was as hectic as any week he can remember, but now with an additional week to prepare for Boston College, hopefully the outcome of that game will be different.
"No doubt, last week we wanted to win the football game," he said. "Honestly, looking back, everybody was going in different directions. Any time you do that, the details and execution wasn't as sharp as we wanted it to be. That's what we are hoping will change going into Boston College- especially with execution and the turnovers."
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