Clemson's Korn has bruised shoulder; Harper to start at BC

Updated: October 18, 2008, 9:26 PM ET
By Heather Dinich | ESPN.com

CLEMSON, S.C. -- Clemson quarterback Willy Korn had a test Saturday on his injured shoulder, and the MRI showed a bone bruise that makes him questionable for the Boston College game on Nov. 1.

Interim head coach Dabo Swinney said quarterback Cullen Harper will definitely start on Nov. 1 at Boston College.

Korn was injured when Georgia Tech defensive end Derrick Morgan pushed past right tackle Landon Walker and made contact with Korn as he was throwing. It resulted in an interception and ended Korn's debut as Clemson's new quarterback.

"It felt like he locked his arm in my arm and my body went forward and my shoulder went backwards," Korn said. "I had a really good look to Aaron Kelly on that play. For what it's worth, I think it would've been a touchdown."

Korn was relieved by Harper, who was benched by former coach Tommy Bowden last week. Harper completed 15 of 25 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions. He, too, is contemplating surgery for a fracture in his non-throwing shoulder.

"I want to be here for the team," he said. "I want to make the decision that's best for the team because I want to be out there with those guys. We'll sit down and weigh all the factors and see what happens."

Harper said his shoulder didn't bother him too much against Georgia Tech but that he needs to get bone fragments removed from the muscle. He expects a short surgery and a short recovery, and Clemson has a bye week before heading to Boston College.

Regardless of the outcome of Korn's MRI, Swinney said "Cullen Harper is definitely going to be a starter for us up at BC."

"I thought Cullen went in and proved he was a starter for a reason," Swinney said.

Heather Dinich is a college football reporter for ESPN.com.

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