Parker talks about the decision

CLEMSON – Kyle Parker returned to Clemson on Monday to prepare for year two as the Tigers' quarterback. On Tuesday, he met with the media for the first time since announcing his decision.

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The Colorado Rockies' first-round pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, Parker is still without a contract to play professional baseball.

He believes a deal will be made before the Aug. 16 deadline, but is certain that he'll be back under center this fall to quarterback the Clemson football team.

Any doubts of whether or not he'd actually be playing football this fall were eased Tuesday afternoon.

"Whenever the 20th (of July) passed, I told (the Rockies) there was not a chance that I'm not giving up football anymore," Parker said. "I'm going to come back and at least play this fall."

The moments leading up to July 20—the deadline he set to work out a deal that would put an end to his Clemson football career—were taxing.

"On the 20th it was pretty much the most nerve racking," Parker said. "I didn't really know what was going on. We were pretty much just throwing numbers out, going back and forth with them. It really went down to the last minute, and then I had to make a decision. Basically, I told them one thing. Then, I had to go back and make this decision.

"I'm really happy for it. It feels like it was the right thing for me to do. I'm excited to be back here."

It was a surprising move to most that followed the developments since the June baseball draft. There was a point when even Parker himself had written off a return to play football.

"Whenever you get drafted in the first round, you pretty much think that I was going to be gone. I thought that for a little bit," he said. "It's funny how things work out. Whenever I made a decision to come back, I just felt at peace. I felt like it worked out for a reason. I'm excited to be back here and be at Clemson."

Parker threw for over 2,500 yards and 20 touchdown passes as a red shirt freshman in 2009. He led Clemson to a 9-5 record, the school's first appearance in the ACC Championship and Music City Bowl win over Kentucky.

It's yet to be determined whether or not the 2010 season will be his finale at Clemson.

"That'll all come out when we start getting into the negotiations," he said. "As of now, we really haven't gotten into that. I don't think we really will until it gets closer to the deadline, pretty much the day of the deadline."

Without a deal in place, Parker doesn't foresee the ongoing negotiations as a distraction.

"I think we have a good idea about what they're thinking. Hopefully we can reach a common ground and it's something that we can both agree with and feel comfortable," he said.

No reason for Clemson fans to be distracted with concern over who's going to be playing quarterback this fall.

"The biggest thing I wanted to say is I love Clemson University," Parker said. "I'm excited and ready to get out there on the football field. I'm excited to see all the support (fans) have for our team—really turning the page, getting ready and getting up for football."

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