Monday Notebook: Wallace moves back to corner

Monday Notebook: Wallace moves back to corner

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Monday Notebook: Wallace moves back to corner

Injuries to Marcus Edmond, Trayvon Mullen and Mark Fields have forced Clemson’s coaching staff to move safety K’Von Wallace back to cornerback.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said Sunday night, Wallace could potentially help at the position should the three be forced to sit out Saturday night’s game at Virginia Tech. Edmond sprained his foot on the third play of the game against Auburn on Sept. 9 and has not returned, while Mullen suffered a concussion in last week’s win over Boston College and is under concussion protocol this week. Fields suffered an injured glut against the Eagles and is also questionable for Saturday’s game in Blacksburg, Va.

K’Von Wallace, who started the Auburn game at safety for Van Smith, said he will be getting reps at cornerback in preparation to play there due to the injuries.

“Coach Mike Reed literally just told me like 10 minutes before coming in here that I’m going to be moved back to corner and get some work there and hopefully contribute there,” Wallace said.

Wallace said he played cornerback all throughout fall camp as well as all spring and didn’t get any reps at nickel or safety, but he was needed at strong safety against Auburn when Smith was injured in the first half of the Kent State game.

Wallace has played in all four games for the Tigers and started the Auburn game. He has eight tackles and one bass broken up.

Etienne named ACC Rookie of the Week. Clemson freshman running back Travis Etienne was named the ACC’s Rookie of the Week after rushing for 113 yards and scoring two touchdowns on just nine carries.

One of Etienne’s nine carries was a 50-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter in which he broke two would-be-tackles on his way to the end zone. Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant says it’s fun to watch the freshman run and he is glad to see him getting recognized for all the hard work he has put in.

“He’s a freshman so not a lot of people know about him,” Bryant said. “But now people are picking up on his name. He runs so hard and he’s so fast, people are like, ‘wow!’ He makes guys miss and he’s gone. It’s just good to see a young guy like Travis have success early on.”

Not as bad as it look. Clemson center Justin Falcinelli was asked why Boston College was able to get so much pressure on Bryant in Saturday’s game. The Eagles sacked the quarterback two times this past Saturday and another time hit his arm as he released the football, causing the ball to pop up into the air and be intercepted.

“I think a lot of it had to do with Boston College’s coverage was very good, so Kelly needed a little more time to release the ball,” Falcinelli said. “It’s hard to contain people for that long, so he had to start scrambling to try to make time.”

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