Offensive coordinator Rob Spence will use multiple formations and personnel
packages in a ball-control offense oriented to their running backs. Spence likes
to get his backs the ball in space using screens, draws, counters, sweeps, and
any other play that will give his backs some room to operate. Clemson will often
run in passing situations, and Spence’s play calling has received criticism from
fans for his conservatism. Clemson worked hard in the spring to establish a deep
passing game to keep teams from overloading the box against the run, but pass
protection problems have limited the time for pass routes to develop.
Inconsistencies with the receiving corps have also limited the success of the
passing game, though Clemson has dominated some lesser opponents.
Cullen Harper (#10, 6-2.5 220, r-Jr., 4.91) is a pocket quarterback with a
good arm and understanding of the offense. If given time, he makes good
decisions and can find the open receiver. He has some mobility, but he does not
look comfortable outside of the pocket. Harper’s passing is accurate when set,
but his mechanics break down when throwing on the move. Getting Harper out of
the pocket and his comfort zone will be key for the Hokies. However, he will
stay in the pocket much longer than his predecessor, Will Proctor. Harper throws
a decent deep ball, but he has a tendency to lock onto his primary receiver at
times. Overall, Harper is a step up from Proctor, but he still has limitations
which can be exploited by Virginia Tech.
Willy Korn (#3, 6-2 215, Fr., 4.79) is a highly regarded recruit who enrolled
last January as a true freshman to have a shot at starting in his first year.
Korn played for pass happy Byrnes High School in Duncan, SC and set numerous
state passing records. He is an intelligent, high character kid with a great
upside. Korn does not have a cannon for an arm, but understands the passing game
and shows a good touch. To some extent, he was a "system" quarterback
in high school, but he has the tools to adapt to the college game. Korn has some
mobility and can run the ball, but ultimately he will be a pocket quarterback.
Korn reminds me a lot of
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