Proctor Takes Hold Of Backup Role
Last season, anytime Charlie Whitehurst took a hit and did not bounce up like a rubber ball every Clemson fan's heart stop beating. While Whitehurst is still clearly the No. 1 quarterback, Will Proctor is stepping into the backup role very nicely.
Heading into the spring, many believed (self included) that redshirt freshmen Cullen Harper and Tribble Reese would not only push, but one would likely pass Proctor. After Saturday's scrimmage, there is no doubt that Proctor will be the No. 2 quarterback barring injury. This is not a situation, where fans should be concerned about the development of Reese or Harper. Both will be very good quarterbacks when the time comes, however they are still redshirt freshmen.
Proctor was 14-23 for 121 yards on Saturday, and he was also the team's leading rusher with seven carries for 44 yards. Maybe the most impressive play of the scrimmage was Proctor's 36 yard scramble. We began hinting two weeks ago in a mail bag that under Rob Spence Proctor may be a much better fit. Now two scrimmages into the spring, it appears that statement is holding true.
Spence allows his quarterbacks a little more freedom in the offense. There is more of an emphasis on the shorter passing game. Spence will still go vertical, but it is not the focal point of the offense. Proctor showed his freshmen year, when he was running scout team quarterback for the Tangerine Bowl, that he can be very effective throwing the underneath passes and letting his receivers work.
This was a battle we said to keep your eye heading into the spring. Proctor has stepped up to the plate and delivered the early knockout blow. Proctor continues to improve and to make his statement that there is more than one quarterback capable of running this team.