Two QB System at Clemson?

CLEMSON - It's a far cry from what Clemson fans have been used to hearing the last couple of years.

Is a two-quarterback system now officially being used at Clemson?

Are pigs flying?

Has the bad place down below officially frozen over?

Is the apocalypse upon us?

Given how things have gone the last couple of years, it would seem foolish to suggest the possibility of two quarterbacks receiving meaningful snaps in the very same game - yet that seems to be what interim head coach Dabo Swinney is saying is a real possibility when the Tigers take the field Saturday afternoon against Boston College.

Of course both signal callers saw the field in Clemson's last game against Georgia Tech, but that had more to do with Korn's shoulder injury than anything else.

Now it appears the option of using two quarterbacks, not only Saturday but possibly even the rest of the season, is truly on the table.

"If they are both healthy I'd love to [play both Cullen Harper and Willy Korn]," Swinney said Monday night after practice. "The biggest thing is going to be Willy. He was able to rep all day today and still isn't quite 100 percent.

"I would love nothing more than to use both of those guys to their strengths the rest of the way."

Korn, who suffered a bone bruise in his shoulder less than 20 snaps into his first start against the Yellow Jackets, is doing his part and said Monday night his shoulder is feeling much better than did it did last week.

"I took all the reps with the two's today. I felt good but I'm not there yet," he said. "But I'm going to play on Saturday. It's gotten increasingly better. During the bye week I stayed up here and got treatment on it all weekend.

"I'm definitely getting the strength back into it."

Meanwhile the up and down season for senior Cullen Harper continues on as he tries to build confidence after a decent showing taking over for Korn against the Yellow Jackets.

"I'm excited about getting the opportunity to get to start again," he admitted. "But if Coach Swinney feels as though Willy can bring something different to the table and help us win games, then I'm all for it."

While the move can't be an easy for the player that was voted the ACC's preseason player of the year back in July, Harper said he's using the entire last couple of months as a massive learning experience.

"I don't know if it was a good thing when everything happened two weeks ago," he said of being moved to the second team. "It was such a tough and long week - the week all that happened.

"But it was a learning experience and I think it helped me get my edge back."

Keep in mind as things stand now, Harper will start against Boston College and Korn will likely be put on the field in specific packages. Whether that means an entire series or only on certain down-and-distances remains to be seen.

Whether that means if Korn plays well he'll see the field more also remains to be seen.

Regardless, it's still quite a chance from the old regime.

"I've been used to hearing 'we are only going to play one quarterback,' Korn said. "So it's nice to know that I've got a chance to play now and it makes you want to work even harder to make sure you take advantage of that chance."

"The biggest thing is he [Korn] deserves to play," Swinney added. "Both of them. I want competition. That's what we've got. … Both of their attitudes are great but I want to play the guys that deserve to play regardless of position. I want good morale and good competition."

It may not be the two quarterback system just yet, but it's a lot closer than anything we've seen in the last 10 years.

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