Clemson University

Practice report: Spiller: Uproar after loss not so bad

Sophomore running back C.J. Spiller said surprisingly, the public uproar following the Maryland home loss has not been as bad as he expected.

Either Spiller set the bar for Clemson fans low, or he is in different classes than his teammates.

Junior tight end Michael Palmer said some students and professors who have not realized he is a football player have suggested Clemson’s coaching staff should be let go immediately.

Senior quarterback Cullen Harper said a classmate told a professor that at least the professor had a wife to go home to. All he had was Tigers football — to which Harper rolled his eyes.

“You can’t jump to conclusions in the middle of the season,” Harper said.

Senior safety Michael Hamlin said players have almost become numb to speculation about coach Tommy Bowden’s job security because it has seemingly arisen as an annual issue.

Said senior running back James Davis, “If we pull out this Wake Forest game, their opinion will change.”

Stock rising

Davis and Spiller. Offensive coordinator Rob Spence spent the bye weekend installing a series of trick plays designed to feature both of his standout backs. Whether the packages are used as infrequently as the hyped “Stallions” set — Clemson’s version of the vogue Arkansas single-wing set from last season — remains to be seen.

Stock falling

Redshirt freshman quarterback Willy Korn. By all accounts, Korn’s role as merely the backup appears set in stone for at least another game.

Quote of the day

“We don’t have to play a perfect game against Wake Forest. But we need to play our best game.”

— Bowden

Injury report

While listed as questionable, redshirt freshman left guard David Smith (sprained ankle) did not practice Monday and is expected to miss the Wake Forest game. Junior guard Barry Humphries (partially torn ACL) will likely be out another two games at a minimum, line coach Brad Scott said.

Extra points

Second-string sophomore cornerback Marcus Gilchrist is now splitting his time as the backup cat safety as well. Also, the Tigers have experimented in recent days on the interior line, trying nose guard Dorell Scott at tackle, and vice versa for tackle Brandon Thompson. ... The Oct. 18 home game against Georgia Tech will kick off at noon, the ACC announced. It will be televised by ESPN or ESPN2.

Scouting report

In terms of number of catches, the ACC’s leading receiver is Wake Forest senior D.J. Boldin, younger brother of NFL standout Anquan Boldin. D.J. (6-foot, 220 pounds), a lightly recruited player from Pahokee, Fla., already has more catches this season (28, for 276 yards) than he had in three previous seasons (26).

— Paul Strelow