Quarterbacks were the talk of the day Tuesday at Clemson. Kyle Parker and Tajh Boyd of Clemson, and Russell Wilson of NC State.
Parker clearly remains Clemson’s starter though Boyd said yesterday he was told by Dabo Swinney he will play against NC State. Parker was asked Tuesday his reaction to Boyd’s comments.
Clemson tight end Dwayne Allen, after not being much of a factor in the passing game the previous two games, bounced back with a 7 catch effort against Boston College last week. Hopes to continue with the same kind of production this Saturday against a good NC State defense.
Defensively, ,the Tigers have a major task in stopping Wilson who leads the ACC in total offense and passing yards per game. Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele says his unit bounced back with a good second half against Boston College after being taken to school in the first half.
NC State is the ACC’s second leading scoring team at 35 points per game and leads the league in total offense at 438.6 yards per game. State is also the league’s top passing team at 295.8 yards per game. Wilson has completed 58 percent of his passes for 2302 yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He’s also rushed for 269 yards and 5 scores. Clemson defensive tackle Jarvis Jenkins and linebacker Corico Hawkins know Wilson is the engine for the State offense.
Game time Saturday at Death Valley will be just after Noon. The game will be televised on the ACC Network.