Opposing QBs both Rockies prospects
Posted on: November 5, 2010 11:39 am
Edited on: November 5, 2010 1:38 pm
Ideally, Kyle Parker and Russell Wilson will share the outfield at Coors Field one day. But Saturday, they'll fight for territory on the gridiron in Clemson, S.C.
The two quarterbacks, Parker of Clemson and Wilson of North Carolina State, oppose each other this week as both try to make the most of their football lives before turning to baseball. John Henderson has their stories in today's Denver Post.
"Both guys are great kids," Rockies scouting director Bill Schmidt said. "We're just trying to get them through the season healthy."
Parker (pictured) was the Rockies' first-round pick in last year's draft, with Wilson going in the fifth.
The Rockies offered Parker, the first Division I athlete to throw 20 touchdowns and hit 20 homers in the same academic year, $2.25 million to quit football and start his baseball career. He settled for $1.4 million and permission to return to Clemson for his sophomore football season.
Wilson graduated N.C. State in three years and is playing as a graduate student. He batted .230 in 32 Northwest League games last summer, and while his baseball future is less clear than Parker's, his football season is going much better. He leads the ACC in total offense. His goal is to play in both the major leagues and the NFL.
-- David Andriesen
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