No quit in Korn

No quit in Korn

CLEMSON - While Kyle Parker and the Clemson baseball team make a run at the College World Series the next couple of weeks, Willy Korn is making a run at the starting quarterback job.

In hopes of maybe getting a leg up on Parker, while the two-sport star finishes his baseball obligations, Korn has hired a quarterback coach to help repair his throwing motion, which got damaged after shoulder and collar bone surgeries in the off-season.

Korn's mechanics were the story of the spring, as some believed they played a role in the redshirt sophomore falling behind Parker before the end of the spring, though he is listed as a co-starter on the post spring depth chart.

Clemson quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Billy Napier did all he can do in the spring to help Korn repair some of his throwing motion problems, but thanks to NCAA guidelines and trying to work with the rest of the offense, he was limited on working specifically with Korn on the matter.

"It did get better, but I think it is important that everyone knows that you're somewhat limited on what you can do with a guy because you have much more to do than that," he said. "Obviously, we have an offense to install, but that is what the summer program is all about. It is all about repetition."

Korn is working hard with his repetitions several times a day as he and the rest of the team prep for camp which opens Aug. 4.

After spring workouts, Napier advised all his quarterbacks to use the time they are given in the summer wisely so they're prepared as much as they can be for camp and what is going to be a tight quarterback race.


"The thing that is exciting to me is that he is finally healthy again," Napier said of Korn. "The kid has been through a lot. I think we all know how special of a kid he is and what a leader and the intangibles that he stands for so it is good for him to be back healthy and competing." (Kevin Bray/CUTigers.com)

"It is just like changing your golf swing," Napier said. "You are not going to change your golf swing over night. It is going to take a lot of days and a lot of work to get that honed in to where when it is time to compete you are not thinking about your throwing motion and you not thinking about your fundamentals.

"When that time comes, you want them to be thinking about their thought processes, their decision making and inquiring information before the snap and making good solid decisions. Those things have to be resolved over time."

After watching Korn struggle during warm ups prior to the Virginia game and in pain, Napier said it was nice to see the 6-foot-2, 220-pound quarterback back in the mix during the spring and healthy once again.

"The thing that is exciting to me is that he is finally healthy again," Napier said. "The kid has been through a lot. I think we all know how special of a kid he is and what a leader and the intangibles that he stands for so it is good for him to be back healthy and competing."

And having a healthy Willy Korn can be nothing but good for the Clemson football program.

"Keep in mind before he was injured, he was right in the battle to beat Cullen Harper out," Napier said. "He played in the first three games of his career. I would not forget that. He is a proven winner and he knows what it is all about. We have a great situation.

"I have known Willy since he was in the seventh grade. He is a guy that has had to overcome some things. Bare with the kid a little bit and understand what he is going through. Nobody wants it more than he does.

"He is going to fight his butt off, I can promise you that."

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