Posted by Chip Patterson
Kyle Parker became the toast of Clemson, SC with his decision to return to the gridiron for one last season with the Tigers. The sophomore quarterback was drafted 26th overall by the Colorado Rockies this summer, but agreed to a contract that would allow him to play one more season of football at Clemson. Both Parker and head coach Dabo Swinney have maintained that the deal, worth $1.4 million, has had very little to do with any football decisions once Parker committed to the team in August. At the beginning of the season, there were the makings of a heroic final run for the baseball standout. Parker started the first three games tossing six touchdowns and just one interception, and had an impressive 220 yard performance in a 27-24 overtime loss to now top-ranked Auburn. In that game against the Tigers, Parker was beat up by Auburn's defense and sustained a rib injury. Since then it has been a different Parker under center. In the month of October, Parker threw just two touchdowns and five interceptions in five games.
After Saturday's 16-10 loss to Boston College, Swinney has begun to consider the future with his quarterback decisions in 2010. Backup quarterback Tajh Boyd told the Charleston Post and Courier on Monday that he has been told he will play on Saturday against N.C. State. Swinney met with the redshirt freshman for about 30 minutes on Monday, and while he did not promise any number of series or snaps, did tell Boyd to be ready to play against the Wolfpack. At this point in the week Parker is still the Tigers' starter under center, but with the nagging injuries and drop-off in performance it is not surprising to see Swinney start to look towards grooming the replacement for the baseball star.