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Has Kyle Parker played his last snap at Clemson?

Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:12 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When Kyle Parker told the Colorado Rockies he was going to play his senior year at Clemson before signing his professional baseball contract -- costing himself a year's worth of multi-million dollar salary in the process and risking his entire diamond career in the event of injury -- there's no doubt he didn't foresee his Tigers stumbling to a disappointing 6-6 record, or finishing his career with mediocre numbers like a 57.1 completion percentage, 12-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and 6.4 yards-per-attempt average for the season.

But this weekend's -- now apparent -- end to his time in Clemson must be worse than even Parker's worst nightmares. He was benched for redshirt freshman Tajh Boyd towards the end of Saturday's ugly 29-7 home loss to archrival South Carolina and did not return, leaving the game having gone a hideous 7-of-17 for just 117 yards and one interception duly returned by the Gamecocks for an easy touchdown.

So no one would blame Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney for making the decision to start the Boyd era in the Tigers' bowl game based on performance alone; with so little to play for, getting his certain 2011 starter as much experience as possible seems like at least as big a priority than trying to nab a largely meaningless seventh win in the Independence Bowl . But it's possible Parker's performance in the classroom has made that decision for him. Clemson Rivals site TigerIllustrated is reporting that Parker could be declared academically ineligible and be forced to miss his team's postseason game.

That's yet to be confirmed by any second media outlet (that we're aware of as of this posting), but it doesn't change the fact that all indications are that Kyle Parker has started his final game -- and has maybe even played his last down -- for the Tigers. When top college athletes turn down gobs of professional money to stay amateur, help their teammates, finish their commitment to their school, etc., it makes for a much more heartwarming story to see that decision pay off in stirring victories and rousing vindication. But this being the real world, sometimes that decision is going to end in heartbreak and disappointment, and it looks for all the world like that's how it's going to end for Parker.


Since: Nov 16, 2010
Posted on: November 30, 2010 12:46 pm

Has Kyle Parker played his last snap at Clemson?

This is the same team that lost to Auburn in OT? Either Auburn is not a number 1 team or Clemson really got bad since that game.

Since: Mar 9, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 8:58 pm

Has Kyle Parker played his last snap at Clemson?

Yeah he had a bad year, but how quickly clemson forgets of how many DROPPED balls their wr's had. Clemson's WR's couldn't catch a cold!!

Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: November 29, 2010 4:09 pm

Has Kyle Parker played his last snap at Clemson?

I have said it since the beginning of the season: bringing back Kyle Parker was going to be a mistake and sure enough, it was a big mistake.  This team should have been better than 6-6 but Parker's inability to make a play when pressured or hit receivers on the run pretty much screwed Clemson's season.

Since: Sep 22, 2009
Posted on: November 29, 2010 2:32 pm

Has Kyle Parker played his last snap at Clemson?

I thought it funny that they allowed him to come back in the first place.  He had his head in the clouds the whole season.  They had to know that he wasn't going to give 100% given that he had his baseball career on the line.  The tators would have done better with Boyd the whole season.  At least it would have given him more gametime experience.

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