A well deserved break

CLEMSON - Kyle Parker's body was telling him no but the scoreboard dictated otherwise. Besides, he didn't return to Clemson for another season of football to sit on the bench.

Since Parker didn't feel like anything was broken or punctured, there was no chance of him not returning to the field after absorbing a helmet to the back in the third quarter of Saturday night's 27-24 loss to Auburn.

"I came back to play and compete," he said on Tuesday. "The biggest thing is I wanted to see where football kind of leads me. Right now, I'm not really counting out the possibility of playing football in the future. To go out there and quit and give up sends a message. As a competitor, that's not how I've been raised or how I'm kind of programmed.

"I wanted to go out there and really give it all I had and try to put our team in the best chance to win."

And he did just that. Parker completed 21 of 35 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. Although he was sacked only once, Parker was knocked down several times. The hardest of which was the helmet to his back after a 6-yard run.

"I've been hit tons of times and I can get up from those. I got smoked right then," Parker said. "Getting hit after that didn't make it any better."

Fortunately for him, Clemson has a bye this week. The Oct. 2 date with Miami is still over a week away.

"I'm still a little sore. I'm just happy that we have a bye week and kind of get to recover a little bit," Parker said. "I'm feeling kind of like you would expect after a tough game."

The practice load this week is going to be a light one.

"I'm trying to do everything to kind of get my body feeling right. I think the biggest thing that we're worried about, I may be feeling fine, but how am I going to feel after I take a couple of hits," he said. "We're not going to try to overdo it."

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