Parker all set for USF

CLEMSON - Kyle Parker's grades are good enough for him to play later this month in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against South Florida.

"I just want to go out here and enjoy it, do it everything that can help the team win, go away with a win and a good feeling," he said after Monday's bowl practice.

The New Year's Eve bowl is the final football game for the redshirt sophomore quarterback, who will move on to play professional baseball in the Colorado Rockies' organization.

"I'm just excited to be here," Parker said. "I honestly don't know what to expect from myself. I'm just practicing hard every day and enjoying being with my teammates, being with the team for a couple of more weeks."

Admittedly, the season has been somewhat of a disappointment for him.

Clemson sits with a 6-6 record and the bowl trip to Charlotte is the final means to a winning record.

Parker, who was selected in the first-round by the Rockies in last summer's MLB Draft, has no regrets with his decision to play one final season of football.

"I feel like I've done the best I could. Obviously, things haven't turned out like I wanted," he said. "With that being said, I don't think I could do anything different, from a preparation standpoint, the way I've worked and the effort I've put in."

Parker doesn't even bother to consider his return to Clemson in hindsight.

"I don't think there was a chance I could have made a decision in a different way," he said. "That's just the way I look at it. The way the negotiations went and the decision I made, if I was in the same situation, it would go the same way." Top Stories