Harper, Korn Combine For Five TD Passes In Scrimmage


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Quarterbacks Cullen Harper and Willy Korn combined to
throw five touchdown passes, two in goal line situations, to
highlight the play of the offense, and senior linebacker Tramaine
Billie had three tackles for loss, including a sack, to highlight the
defense in an 85-play Clemson football scrimmage at Memorial Stadium
Saturday morning.

It was the first of three preseason stadium scrimmages
planned for Tommy Bowden's Tigers prior to the season opener against
Florida State on September 3.

"We had a good workout, but we still have a lot to accomplish
by the first game," said Bowden, who is in his ninth season as
Clemson head coach. "I wasn't satisfied with the pace of the
offense, getting the plays off in a timely manner. We still have
some work to do.

"The quarterbacks played well. They made some good throws
and some good reads. They got the offense in the end zone a couple
of times. Defensively it seemed like we moved around well. They
didn't give up many big plays, but the offense was successful in goal
line.

"Again, we saw some freshmen step up. Brandon Clear made a
terrific catch (30 yards) along the sideline on a big third-down
play. Kourtnei Brown and Miguel Chavis played well on defense.
Chavis missed the practice with a hip flexor on Friday, then he was
the top tackler today. That is impressive for a freshman.

"The highlight of the scrimmage might have been the kicking
game. We had four live kickoffs and three of the four went to the
end zone, and the fourth went to the one. We did a good job on the
return man as well. And, we kicked in both directions, so it wasn't
that the wind was a factor. It makes a big difference when you can
kick it to the end zone."

Harper completed 8-11 passes for 80 yards and two scores in
running the number-one offense. He completed his first five passes
of the scrimmage. He threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Jacoby Ford
and a three-yard touchdown pass to Durrell Barry.

Willy Korn completed 6-13 passes for 91 yards and three
touchdowns. He threw an interception on his first play of the
scrimmage, a theft that was returned 14 yards by freshman safety
DeAndre McDaniel. But, Korn settled down after that and completed a
37-yard touchdown pass to sophomore walk-on receiver Terrance Ashe,
a 15-yard scoring pass to freshman tight end Brian Linthicum an a
three-yard scoring pass to fullback Alex Pearson.

Third-team
quarterback Tribble Reese was 4-8 for 49 yards.

Five different running backs carried the ball at least six
times on Saturday. Sadat Chambers was the leading rusher with 10
carries for 27 yards and two scores, both coming in goal line
situations. Ray Ray McElrathbey had 6-25, including a six-yard
scoring run. James Davis and C.J. Spiller did not see a lot of
action. Davis had 6 for 15 rushing and Spiller had 6-17 and scored
twice in the goal line portion of the scrimmage. Davis had a 35-yard
touchdown reception called back by a penalty.

Ashe was the top receiver on the day with 4-59, including the
37-yard catch and run for a touchdown. Ford had three catches for 24
and a touchdown. Freshman Brandon Clear had 2-38, including a
30-yard reception from Reese that was the long play of the scrimmage.

The defense had many outstanding plays. McDaniel and Marcus
Gilchrist both had interceptions, the only two turnovers of the day
by the offense. Freshman Miguel Chavis was the top tackler with
eight stops and he also had a pair of tackles for loss. Tramaine
Billie was active with five tackles, including three for negative
yardage. Nick Watkins and Jeremy Campbell were both active on
defense with six tackles apiece.

Mark Buchholz, the first-team place kicker who is also a
starting midfielder on the Clemson men's soccer team, made field
goals of 22 and 28 yards. He also had two kickoffs that went into
the end zone. Richardson Jackson had two kickoffs, one that went two
yards deep and another to the one-yard line. College football kicks
off from the 30 yard line this year.

There were some injuries suffered in the scrimmage. Reserve
senior wide receiver Brian Sorrells, a native of Sumter, SC
suffered a broken ankle and will be lost for the season, thus ending
his career. Starting defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson and reserve
offensive tackle Chris Hairston both suffered knee injuries.
Freshman linebacker Brandon Maye suffered a foot injury.

Jackson's injury isn't serious, and he is expected to be back next week.

Defensive end Jamie Cumbie (shoulder) and reserve offensive
tackle Landon Walker (knee) both missed the scrimmage after
undergoing surgery on Thursday. Byron Maxwell missed the scrimmage
after suffering a head injury in practice on Friday. He should
return next week.

Statistics

Rushing

Sadat Chambers 10-27-2, Ray Ray McElrathbey 6-25-1; C.J. Spiller
6-17-2; James Davis 6-15; Jacoby Ford 2- (-2).

Passing (Com-Att-Yds-Int-TD

Cullen Harper 8-11-80-0-2; Willy Korn 6-13-91-1-3; Tribble Reese 4-8-49-1-0

Receiving

Ashe 4-59-1; Ford 3-25-1; Grisham 2-29; Kelly 2-23, Clear 2-38;
Linthicum 1-15-1; Watson 1-5; Pearson 1-3-1; Dye 1-14; Barry 1-3-1;
Harris 1-11

Tackles

Chavis 8, Watkins 6, Campbell 6, Kwam Williams 5, Hamlin 5 Billie 5,
Vincent 5, Brown 4, Butler 4, Clay 4, Chancellor 4, Moore 4,

Tackles for Loss

Billie 3-01, Gabriel 2-6, Chavis 2-4, Sensabaugh 1-6, Butler 1-2,
Hamlin 1-8, Campbell 1-7, Brown 1-2, Jackson 1-1, Moore 1-5,

Sacks

Sensabaugh 1-6, Billie 1-4, Campbell 1-7, Brown 1-2 Moor 1-5

Interceptions

McDaniel 1-14, Gilchrist 1-24

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