Korn: 'I just want to play really bad'
CLEMSON -- Willy Korn said Monday he is frustrated with his role as Clemson's backup quarterback, and his future with the Tigers appears uncertain.
The former Byrnes High star did not play Saturday and has not played in two of the last three games. This development follows Dabo Swinney's pledge to play Korn in every game, a plan he declared after naming Kyle Parker the starting quarterback in August.
Korn said the rumors of him transferring to Appalachian State are untrue, and that he remains committed to Clemson this season. But the redshirt sophomore desires to play during his two remaining years of college eligibility.
Korn was asked if he will evaluate his options after the season.
"Yeah, I really want to play. It's not easy watching football games," he said. "It's really not. I know I am a really good player. I know I still have a lot of football left in me.
"I really want to contribute to the team. …When Kyle gets off the field, I'm still going to give him a pat on the back, and see what he is thinking about the game. … I'll still root for the offensive line.
"I just want to play really bad."
Last week, a rumor circulated through talk radio and message boards that Korn was going to transfer to Appalachian State this offseason. While Korn said the report is false -- and noted there were rumors he was going to transfer to Furman last season -- he said the rumors are "a little bit more believable this year. I only have two years of eligibility (remaining)… I'm not getting a lot of playing time."
Not only is Korn not getting playing time, but Parker appears entrenched as the starting quarterback this fall, and highly-regarded freshman Tajh Boyd is another option going forward.
Korn is also bothered by the fact that he has not played in two of the last three games, though he noted the circumstances were not ideal against Georgia Tech or Texas Christian.
"It's something coach Swinney said to my face," said Korn, of Swinney's pledge to play him every game. "He said: 'I guarantee you are going to be playing in every single game. Just because (Parker) is starting doesn't mean it is end of the world. Just because he is starting the first game doesn't mean he'll start the last.'
"I guess the circumstances (at Georgia Tech and Saturday vs. TCU) didn't merit me getting any playing time."
Swinney has amended his original proclamation by saying for Korn to play, the team needs to remain on schedule. And any coach will say playing time is linked to performance. Korn has struggled in each of his four series, two of which ended with Korn committing turnovers.
But Korn vows to improve, and notes it's still a young season -- anything can happen, he says.
Said Korn: "I am a Clemson Tiger. I am committed to this team."