Is Willie Korn The Answer To The Clemson Tigers' Offensive Woes?

Greg JansenCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2008

For many Tiger fans, the glorious day has arrived.  Willy Korn has been named the starting quarterback for the Georgia Tech game, and coach Tommy Bowden has all but guaranteed he will take all of the snaps in the game.

Not a moment too soon.

Clemson has been having all kinds of trouble on offense.  They have only scored one offensive touchdown in their last six quarters, which came on their only scoring drive against Wake Forest.  The loss against Wake on Thursday Night brought the Tigers' record to 3-3 (1-2 ACC).

One reason for this is that Offensive Coordinator Rob Spence has not opened up the playbook.  Clemson's offense has looked the same in each of their six games this year.

The second reason is quarterback Cullen Harper.  He has not looked comfortable in the pocket all year.  He has thrown as many interceptions so far as he did all of last year, and has only four touchdown passes.

Playing Korn will provide Clemson with the second dimension this offense needs.  So far this year, the offense has run draws, screens, and short passes over and over.  With Korn, there's the extra possibility of a scramble that must worry defenses.  In his career he has two rushing touchdowns, and has proven to be a threat on the ground.

Even though Korn is quick on his feet, he has shown that he can also be accurate with his passes.  Over the last two years, he is 22 for 29 with 257 yards and two touchdowns in scattered time as Harper's backup.

However, all of Korn's stats have come when the game has been out of reach, so running Clemson's offense from the beginning will be something new for him.  But when he's in, has shown great poise and leadership even in his short time on the field.

The Tigers' offense should reach a new level in their next game against Georgia Tech.  Korn will not be spectacular, but after Harper's inconsistencies, he will prove that he can lead the Tigers to victory.