But what Kyle Parker accomplished on Monday sure did help his chances.
The redshirt freshman again put up another impressive outing Monday and he
did it in extreme windy conditions as Clemson began its last week of
spring drills before Saturday's Annual Orange and White game at Memorial
"Kyle Parker really stood out today," Swinney said. "It was a very windy
day and he had a little bigger stick than anyone else today and it was
pretty obvious as far as these conditions go that he threw the ball
It was the second straight practice in which Parker showed his arm
In this past Saturday's scrimmage, he showed it off by throwing
across his body and to the other side of the field for a 23-yard gain to
But despite Parker's arm strength, Swinney says the quarterback race is
still too close to call.
"They are still kind of battling, but I thought Kyle was exceptional
today," the Clemson coach said. "He was very, very good."
SPLITTING THINGS UP: Swinney said he and the coaching staff has already
spilt the team for Saturday's Orange and White game, though he has not
designated which team will be the Orange and which one will be the White.
He does know that defensive ends coach Chris Rumph will be the head coach
of one squad and tight ends / offensive tackle coach Danny Pearman will be
the other head coach. Parker and Korn will be the starting quarterbacks
for each and Michael Wade will play every third series for both teams.
DIEHL ON DEFENSE: As expected fullback Chad Diehl worked in goal line
situations Monday at linebacker.
"Here is a very good football player that is going to be a real factor for
us on offense, but he is what he is and there is still some certain things
that he is not going to be able to do (on defense), but he may be able to
be a good guy as a role (player) and if you are going to do certain things
like that, then now is a good time to do it.," Swinney said.
The Tigers might also work cornerback Marcus Gilchrist at safety this week
just to see how things go. He will also do work at corner too.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW: After watching film on this past Saturday's
scrimmage, Swinney was still happy with what he saw from his football
"We did a lot of good things on both sides of the ball," he said. "The
(first team) defense has a chance to be a pretty good group and there are
some other guys from the (second team) that you can't tell the difference
in when they are in there, and it is the same thing offensively… Other
spots there are a huge difference and we have to close the gap a little
bit in some areas. They are all expected to be able to do the job and
perform, and we all have a responsibility to our teammates so we have some
areas that need to close the gap this last week."
ANOTHER GOOD DAY: Swinney said the wide receivers had another solid day
after having their best day of the spring in Saturday's scrimmage.
"It is amazing what a little confidence and a little success can do for
you," he said. "All of sudden that becomes contagious and hopefully we can
continue that this week."
QUICK HITS: Freshman J.K. Jay was elevated to second team tackle, while
defensive end Ricky Sapp and redshirt freshman safety Spencer Adams both
participated in non-contact drills. Sapp said he is a month ahead of
schedule right now and is about 80 percent.
Adams said he is about 80 percent as well, but he says his knee is still
weak and he says it is about 65 percent.
C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford were both at practice Monday – their first
practice in nearly two weeks. Spiller wasted little time getting back in
the flow of things as he broke a long touchdown run during some
situational work on 7-on-7.
"It sure was nice to see No. 28 back out there today," Napier said.
Spiller and Ford will play in the Orange and White game, but it will only
be on returns.
Parker continues to show off arm
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