Preseason predictions: Clemson

July, 15, 2009
7/15/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

In the forecast for the Tigers ...

1. Willy Korn will start at quarterback but Kyle Parker will play -- a lot. Yes, Parker was the stud in the spring game (13-of-21 passing for 171 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for a score), but Korn can run, and that's going to be part of the quarterback's job in this offense. Korn's shoulder has finally healed, he's healthy, and he's put a lot of work in this summer. Dabo Swinney has noted on several occasions that he has two quarterbacks, and he hasn't ruled out the possibility of playing both of them. My prediction is he will, especially early so Georgia Tech doesn't know which one to prepare for.

2. Da'Quan Bowers will have a breakout season. First-year defensive coordinator Kevin Steele will turn Bowers loose, and he'll be in opposing backfields all day. Bowers' 47 tackles last year were the most among Clemson's defensive linemen and he was only a sophomore. He has the potential to outshine standout teammate Ricky Sapp, especially if Sapp's knee hasn't healed quite right.

3. C.J. Spiller will have a season worthy of Player of the Year consideration. Swinney has made no secret of his intentions to get Spiller the ball this year, and with all five starters returning, the offensive line should be much better at opening some holes for him. It's his show now that James Davis is gone, and Spiller didn't turn down the NFL in favor of having an average or subpar season.

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