Refreshed Parker barely misses a beat

Kyle Parker

CLEMSON - Kyle Parker has never been one that's lacked confidence and that was on full display Tuesday as the Clemson football team began practice for the 2010 season.

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On the field, he threw most of his passes on target and was directing Clemson's offense in a similar manner to how he did last season.

Off the field, he said while it's a work in progress, he was fairly pleased with his performance.

"It was good to get back and try to get back into the swing of things and really just get the flow," he said. "One minute (my touch) was there and one minute it was gone, but that's to be expected because I really haven't been out there a whole lot.

"But I think I threw the ball well. The biggest thing now is to get into the film room and prepare as I always have."

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney agreed with Parker's assessment, adding that the small break away from baseball and offseason workouts was critical.

"He definitely needed a break," Swinney said. "He just seems refreshed and happy to be playing football. It looks like he's having some fun and it's been great to have him around again. It was good to see him back out there today."


"The nice thing is this year I know what's going on. Last year I hadn't gotten the reps but this year I've done it before. I know what I'm doing and I can help the guys around me."
Parker, who reported to offseason workouts last week after contemplating leaving Clemson to join the Colorado Rockies after he was taken in the first round in the MLB draft in June, said it shouldn't take him too long to get his football legs back underneath him.

"After this week I should be acclimated to things and hopefully pick right up where we left off last year," he said.

"The nice thing is this year I know what's going on. Last year I hadn't gotten the reps but this year I've done it before. I know what I'm doing and I can help the guys around me."

And what about negotiations with the Rockies?

He has until Aug. 16 to sign a deal, but as things stand now, there simply hasn't been that much progress.

"We are still basically where we were," he said. "I expect things to heat up probably over the course of the next week or so but there's really nothing to new to talk about on that front."

But professional baseball, at least for the present moment, has been put on the back-burner in Parker's mind.

For now, it's full-speed ahead towards the upcoming season and focusing on getting the Tigers back to the ACC Championship game.

And he's got the full support of his team behind him.

"I think the guys respected my decision to come back and have supported to me," he said. "They weren't going to hold anything against me because they knew I had some tough decisions to make on my own and they are happy to have me back and I'm happy to be back out here playing."

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