Parker frustrated but not deterred

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The 2-3 record isn't an accurate barometer to assess how good Clemson is in 2010, at least to Kyle Parker.

Although Clemson dropped its third-straight with a 20-16 loss to North Carolina on Saturday afternoon, he believes the Tigers are better than the 0-2 start in the ACC would indicate.

"I've been on teams, playing baseball and football; you go and think, what's the problem? What do we need to do to win? I think this is probably more frustrating, because I think this is one of the best teams I've been on here, and it's not coming out the way we want it to," Parker said.

The three-game losing streak started in overtime with a 27-24 road loss to Auburn. Miami blew into Death Valley two weeks later and won 30-21.

"The biggest thing is, a lot of people are frustrated, especially being in a lot of games this close, and knowing there's a couple of things we could have done differently to win," Parker said. "It's not a glaring problem that we need to fix. We just need to do the little things a little better, and get ourselves in better situations."

Through the first four weeks of the season, a lack of play-making wide receivers was an issue.

Some steps were made in the right direction as Parker completed 21 of 38 or 214 yards and a touchdown against the Tar Heels. Seven completions went to DeAndre Hopkins for 46 yards. Jaron Brown had four catches for 107 yards and a touchdown.

But there were still drops sprinkled throughout, some coming at critical times.

"I thought we threw and caught the ball pretty well. There were a couple of throws I could have made," Parker said. "For the most part, I thought the receivers got open, we protected well. Other than, that's all you can really ask."

Five games into his second season season, Parker is faced with another losing record. Clemson opened last season with an identical 2-3 start, before reeling off 6-straight wins for a spot in the ACC Championship.

Even with several seniors from last year's team are now playing on Sundays, Parker believes this season's team has the makeup to string together several wins.

"A lot of these guys are of the same mentality. The seniors last year obviously led. These guys put the work in and followed, were keys to a lot of success," he said.

And according to Parker, there's also plenty of want to on this year's team.

"We've got a lot of talent. We've played tough. Nobody out there has quit and no one is out there that doesn't need to be out there," he said.


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