Clemson University

Clemson's Harper has surgery, will return Tuesday

CLEMSON -- After more than a week of making headline news, Clemson senior quarterback Cullen Harper can probably appreciate much ado about nothing.

As expected, Harper had surgery on his left, non-throwing shoulder Sunday morning.

But instead of being sidelined for a matter of weeks -- which he said was the diagnosis -- Harper will rest for only a matter of hours.

Harper is slated to practice Tuesday and reclaim his starting job for Clemson's next game, Nov. 1 at Boston College, interim coach Dabo Swinney said in a release.

"The surgery went well," Swinney said.

Especially if you are Swinney, who faced the prospect of potentially having to turn to third-string sophomore Michael Wade, who has never thrown a career pass.

Redshirt freshman Willy Korn, who started the Tigers' 21-17 loss Saturday to Georgia Tech, is listed as questionable for the Boston College game with a bruised right, throwing shoulder.

Korn sustained the injury at the end of his fourth series when Georgia Tech end Derrick Morgan swung down on Korn's right arm as he went forward with his throwing motion.

An MRI revealed that Korn bruised the humerus bone on his shoulder -- the same bone for which Harper required surgery.

Swinney was not available for further comment and will address the media during a teleconference today. Judging from the school's prepared statement, Korn's stay atop the depth chart was short-lived.

Korn completed 4 of 6 passes for 28 yards while rushing for 6 yards on three carries.

Clemson failed to score in his four series, the last three of which ended with a bad snap, a receiver throwing an interception and Korn tossing a pick when his arm was hit.

Harper, who had started the previous 19 games, fared no better in the second quarter before guiding the Tigers to a pair of third-quarter touchdown drives.

He completed 15 of 25 passes for 170 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

When discussing his surgery prospects afterward, he said doctors had reduced his projected timetable for recovery, but he said he was puzzled as to why.

"What I've been told is I can have (surgery) and be back pretty quickly unless they see something that might take a little more time to heal," Harper said. "I want to be with the team."