Rosters split for Orange & White

CLEMSON — Clemson fans will truly get a good look at their quarterbacks, placekickers, offensive linemen and safeties at Saturday's Annual Orange and White Spring Game.

The Clemson coaches have spilt the roster into two teams, and in case you are wondering, every single position battle that is still up in the air has the two players battling for the job on opposing teams.

"We spilt the team as even as we could," Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said. "For example if one team got the starting left tackle (Chris) Hairston, the next team got the starting left guard and so forth. We tried to make it as even as we could across the board."

That means fans will get to decide for themselves which quarterback looks the best as Willy Korn will quarterback the Orange team and Kyle Parker will be the quarterback on the White. Michael Wade will quarterback every third series for both teams.

So far Korn and Parker have been in a neck-and-neck battle for the starting spot, a position Billy Napier says might not be decided until deep into fall camp.

"No matter what they have done so far, what they do in the preseason will determine (who starts)," he said. "Now it gives us an inclination of what they are capable of, but a true decision will be made when we show up for fall camp and we have those guys on a daily basis and we double the practice opportunities in the fall and it is a day in and day out show.

"They will be a product of their work and I think that is important. Every player on offense will be a product of their work between Sunday after the spring game and the report date for fall camp."

Headlining the Orange team besides Korn will be Rendrick Taylor, who had a 50-yard touchdown run on Wednesday, and Andre Ellington. Both running backs have had productive springs.

C.J. Spiller is also on the Orange team, but he will only return kicks, which will be non-contact for the Spring Game. Jacoby Ford will return kicks for the White team.

"We will have some control kicking type stuff because obviously you get your special teams diluted and I don't want to have to pull people off both sides so I want to see snaps, punts and kicks without worrying about them being blocked."

Spencer Benton will do the kicking for the Orange team and Richard Jackson will be the placekicker for the White team.

As far as receivers go, Korn will have Jaron Brown, Terrance Ashe and Michael Palmer to throw the ball to.

On the defensive side, Jarvis Jenkins will be the biggest name up front for the Orange, while Kavell Conner will be at linebacker and Chris Chancellor will be in the secondary.

For the White team, Jamie Harper will be carrying the football, while Chad Diehl will play fullback. Parker's receivers will be Brandon Ford, Xavier Dye, Durrell Berry and Dwayne Allen. Thomas Austin is the starting left guard for the White.

On the defensive side, Brandon Thompson and Malliciah Goodman will join Da'Quan Bowers up front. Brandon Maye will be the starting middle linebacker, while the secondary will have Crezdon Butler and DeAndre McDaniel.

"This is just the same as the first two scrimmages when there is no body there," Korn said. "As a player you cannot be worried about who is going to be watching and who is going to be in the stands. It is a fun thing when all the fans are out there and it is a big event that is going to be on television.

"It is going to fun." Top Stories