Korn had feeling regarding announcement

CLEMSON - Willy Korn humbly accepted his role as Clemson's back up quarterback Sunday night when Coach Dabo Swinney met with the quarterbacks.

After practice on Monday, Korn said he's maintaining a good attitude and positive outlook on the situation. But he had a gut feeling that it was going to happen.

"I kind of had a feeling since pretty much the first week (of camp) that was going to happen—Kyle was going to be named the starter," he said.

As long as Korn gets a chance to play on game day, it was fine with him.

Swinney has given Korn his word that he'll get a chance to play in every game because he's earned his shot.

"The biggest thing with Willy, mentally, was that he is going to have the opportunity to compete," Swinney said. "As I told both of those guys, had it been Willy named the starter, I would have felt the same way for Kyle."

Highly touted out of Byrnes HS, some hailed him as the savior of Clemson football. After red-shirting his freshman year and starting last season as the backup before being injured in his first and only career start against Georgia Tech, Korn had been competing for this year's starting quarterback job since the spring.

Then Sunday night rolled around and Parker was named the starter.

Offensive coordinator Billy Napier credits Korn for handling the situation as well as he has.

"Willy Korn is an unbelievable person, one of the most impressive people I've ever met in my life," Napier said. "He's really worked his butt off. I'm excited that he's going to get to run out there and play in Death Valley this fall each and every game."

With the promise that he's playing in every game, Korn said he can't be too disappointed since he still has a chance to play.

The important thing in the upcoming weeks before the season opener is to not push in practice and try too hard.

"I don't want to press and try to be more than I am," he said. "I just want to continue doing what I'm doing. I've been productive in practices and scrimmages. I'm going to get my opportunity…I've just got to be me and have a good attitude about it. Hopefully, things will work out."

Swinney message to the team, fans of Clemson football and the media: Korn has worked hard throughout the entire process.

"Nobody has worked harder than Willy Korn. He's a class act all the way through. I really appreciate how he's handled such a difficult thing (Sunday night)."

A well respected player among his teammates, Napier said playing only on quarterback wouldn't be the best option for the Tigers. As to the number of snaps Korn will get each game, it will remain on a week by week basis.

"I think it will be pretty consistent," Napier said. "We really locked down that number right now. We have the next couple of weeks to figure that out."

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