Korn Finds Peace of Mind

CLEMSON - For the first time in a long time, redshirt freshman quarterback Willy Korn has found peace of mind.

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But it hasn't come easy.

In fact, it was during the early stages of pre-game warmups at Virginia just a few weeks ago when quarterbacks coach Billy Napier instructed Willy Korn to stop what he was doing, and simply watch the rest of Clemson's typical throwing drills.

At the time, it was unclear just what the problem was, but it was obvious Korn wasn't the same quarterback he was while setting records and winning state championships at Byrnes high school for all of those years.

His throwing motion had changed and the velocity on his passes wasn't quite what it was earlier in his short career.

And keep in mind he wasn't pulled out of a game - it was only warmups.

Turns out the bone bruise he suffered in his shoulder against Georgia Tech weeks before in his first and only start was still bothering him, and the issues that forced him into a medical redshirt a year ago were compounding the issue.

Saturday Korn spoke in-depth with reporters about his injuries for the first time.

"I'm just doing all the warmup stuff and I'm throw a little bit of the routes against air with the receivers and tight ends," he said. "Mike [Wade] is still taking all the reps for the two's. So that's where it is at right now. I'm not going to rush it and Coach Napier isn't going to rush it. He'll know when it's time for me to start taking reps again.

Korn appeared in six regular season games (one start) this year for Clemson, completing 26-of-38 passes for 216 yards a touchdown and an interception.
As far as the procedure that was completed to put on him track to be back at 100 percent goes, Korn said the surgery solved a number of issues with his shoulder.

"I couldn't tell you exactly but basically I had three different areas on the labrum that was partially torn. and there were some bone fragments in there they had to clean up too. Dr. Bowman could give you a better description.

"It's hard to explain but it already feels a lot more loose. Already at the beginning stages after surgery it's feeling better."

Now working his way back to 100 percent, Korn says he finally feels like he's on the road to recovery ... permanently.

And that has to be a good feeling considering the trials and tribulations he's already gone through in his first two years in the program.

"When you know how you are able to perform and not able to do it it's hard to explain and it's pretty frustrating," he added. "But it gives me peace of mind knowing I got it all cleaned up and it's just going to take some time to get it all cleaned up."

And hopefully that peace of mind will be exactly what carries him into a starting spot next season.

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