A loophole in the NCAA's policy on graduate programs (the same one that allowed Greg Paulus to start for Syracuse) allows former Clemson QB Willy Korn to play immediately for the Marshall Thundering Herd.
Korn started a few games as a redshirt freshman for Clemson but never secured a hold on the job. After losing out to Kyle Parker last year, Korn chose to make his transfer official.
There's no guarantee he'll see playing time at Marshall either. The Herd return Brian Anderson, a senior at QB. But his transfer provides immediate depth and competition at the QB spot (he was Rivals' No. 5 dual-threat QB back in the day).
Though nothing close to a Chad Pennington-esque season, I predict Korn to push Anderson and see some playing time against Ohio State, West Virginia, and Bowling Green to start the year. Low expectations, nothing to lose, etc. are sometimes ideal motivators for players that failed to live up to the hype the first time around.
This is a Herd team that got a whiff of the postseason in last year's Little Caesars Pizza Bowl win over Ohio. Coach Doc Holliday brought in an above-average recruiting class for Marshall, some of whom defected from their original commitments to West Virginia (where Holliday was recruiting coordinator).
The Herd also return Conference USA's fourth-best rusher in RB Darius Marshall, who had a 1,131-yard, 11-touchdown breakout season as a true freshman in Mark Snyder's last year before resigning.
With that as a base, Korn could help Marshall do more.