CLEMSON -- How far has the Clemson football hype wave traveled? At least halfway across the Pacific.

The Post and Courier was contacted Monday by a Hawaii radio station interested in speaking to a reporter about the surprising No. 8 Clemson team. Also on Monday, a photo of quarterback Tajh Boyd was paired with a photo of Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers to serve as the centerpiece image on the main web page of Sports Illustrated, recapping the weekend of football.

The college football world has gone from indifferent to interested in Clemson in a three-week span. Clemson (5-0, 2-0 ACC) became the first ACC team to beat three straight opponents ranked in the AP Top 25.

Offensive coordinator Chad Morris is readying counter-measures to suppress any ego-inflation or complacency byproducts of Clemson's national media attention.

If Clemson was to overlook any team on its schedule, it might be Boston College (1-4, 0-2), which plays at Clemson at 3 p.m. Saturday. "I'll have my 10 1/2 (size) shoe up their tail if they come out dragging," he said of his offense. "I don't mind being the biggest rear end there is."

Linebacker Corico Hawkins said the team remains grounded, with last season's disappointments still in their consciousness.

"We know where we came from. We're a 6-7 football team until the season ends," he said.

Game time announced

Clemson will play Maryland at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15 and the game will be televised on ESPNU, the ACC announced Monday.

Five-star reinforcements

Morris said five-star rated freshman running back Mike Bellamy is gaining the trust of the coaching staff.

After struggling to grasp the offense and failing to protect the ball in previous weeks, Bellamy was on the field during the fourth quarter at Virginia Tech, rushing for a 31-yard touchdown.

"He had the best week of practice he's had," Morris said. "He's really progressing. Mike has earned my trust, he's proven himself to the point where he's on the field in the fourth (quarter)."

Bellamy, who has been clocked at under 4.3 seconds in the 40, could be another significant offensive weapon in the season's season half.

Tig 'Tommy John' Willard

Jonathan Willard sustained an unusual football injury last season, tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. The condition is common with baseball pitchers, an injury requiring Tommy John or ligament-transplant surgery.

Last season, Willard said he was essentially playing with one arm, unable to raise his left arm above his shoulder. Said the right-handed Willard of the pain: "It was crazy."

Willard said surgery isn't necessary. Willard said swelling has subsided and he has strengthened the muscles around the ligament to allow for a full range of motion. He was named the ACC's linebacker of the week Monday after making nine tackles at Virginia Tech.

Extra points

Defensive end Andre Branch was named ACC defensive lineman of the week after he had three sacks Saturday. … Brandon Thomas will make his second straight start at left guard versus BC, Morris said … Freshman receiver Charone Peake has been limited with a shoulder injury for two weeks, an injury Morris said is improving. ... Kickoff man and holder Spencer Benton has a broken shoulder blade and will miss 6-8 weeks.

Five-star reinforcements

Morris said five-star rated freshman running back Mike Bellamy is gaining the trust of the coaching staff.

After struggling to grasp the offense and failing to protect the ball in previous weeks, Bellamy was on the field during the fourth quarter at Virginia Tech, rushing for a 31-yard touchdown.

"He had the best week of practice he's had," Morris said. "He's really progressing. Mike has earned my trust, he's proven himself to the point where he's on the field in the fourth (quarter)."

Bellamy, who has been clocked at under 4.3 seconds in the 40, could be another significant offensive weapon in the season's season half.

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