With that said, all of those out there who have already anointed Kyle Parker the starting quarterback need to hold off and wait and see what Swinney and Napier decide in late August or early September.
As for what we at CUTigers.com saw, and that's taking into account all three major scrimmages (includes the Spring Game), we feel like there is a leader going into the clubhouse and if he does what he is supposed to do this summer and continues to make strides in camp, then this will be the guy the other two will have to beat out for the job. But remember we (the media) only had the opportunity to see the three scrimmages and we were not allowed to watch any of the other 12 practices.
Michael Wade (6-foot-1, 205, redshirt junior, Greer, S.C.)
In the three scrimmages combined, Wade completed 17-of-36 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. (Kevin Bray/CUTigers.com)
The positives: Wade showed he can be a leader of this offense. He also showed he has good touch on his intermediate to longer passes, evident by his 19-yard touchdown pass to Andre Ellington in the Orange and White game and by his 9-for-12, 163-yard effort the week before in a scrimmage in which he dropped a 60-yard touchdown pass perfectly into the arms of Brandon Ford. Wade also shows surprisingly good mobility at times.
The negatives: His arm is not overly strong and some of his passes get away from him. His accuracy is inconsistent at times and at times he does not always make good decisions. He threw two interceptions in the three scrimmages combined.
Kyle parker (6-foot, 210, redshirt freshman, Jacksonville, Fla.)
In the three scrimmages combined, Parker was 25-of-47 for 345 yards and 5 touchdowns with no interceptions. (Kevin Bray/CUTigers.com)
The positives: He has a rifle for an arm. In the first scrimmage he drilled a 13-yard pass to Xavier Dye between the safety and the corner on a 3rd-and-8 play to keep a scoring drive alive. In the second scrimmage, he avoided pressure in the pocket by scrambling to his right and then stopped and threw back across the field to a wide open Dye on the left sideline for a 23-yard gain. He did the same in the Orange and White game near the goal line off a play-action pass when he again rolled right and then threw all the way across field to Barry for an easy touchdown. He also has great instincts and very good pocket presence.
The negatives: Because of his strong arm he takes too many chances. He was fortunate a few times on some passes. If he is off by just a second, those plays could lead to quick touchdowns for an opposing team. Also, he has to work on his touch. He got better in the last two scrimmages, but sometimes he puts too much zip on screen passes and he needs to work on throwing the fade pass a little better. Though he has shown the ability to be mobile, he isn't as mobile as Korn or Wade. He is also the smallest of the three quarterbacks.
Willy Korn (6-foot-2, 220, redshirt sophomore, Lyman, S.C.)
In the three scrimmages Korn completed 24-of-50 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns. (Kevin Bray/CUTigers.com)
The positives: Though his numbers didn't show it in the three scrimmages, Korn is probably the more accurate passer of the three. He has nice touch on the ball and generally makes good decisions. His mobility is his best attribute, and he gives the offense a dimension it has not had since the days of Woody Dantzler. He isn't the kind of runner Dantzler was, but he can avoid trouble because of his legs. He had a 16-yard run in the Orange and White game and that was with the defense just having to tag the quarterback.
The negatives: Though he is recovered from shoulder and collarbone surgeries, his throwing motion still isn't back to what it was. The injuries caused him to develop some bad habits when throwing the ball that he and Napier have improved on some since the start of spring, but there is still a lot of work to be done before preseason camp starts. Also Korn must make better decisions with the ball as he had two bad interceptions and three overall in the scrimmages.
The leader: Kyle Parker
Based off the three scrimmages, and that's the only thing we have to go off of, Parker has to be the leader in the clubhouse. He seems to have a little more confidence than the other two, he has great instincts, good pocket presence, good enough mobility and perhaps the strongest arm a Clemson quarterback has had since Patrick Sapp in early 1990's. That doesn't mean Parker is going to be the starting quarterback on Sept. 5, because he still has a lot to do and he has to finish baseball season first, but if he is able to continue to grow over the summer and improve as a passer, then he will be the guy to beat out for the job come Aug. 3 – the day the team reports for camp.