Parker continues to show off arm

CLEMSON — On Monday, Dabo Swinney and Billy Napier said no one guy is leading the other in the race to become the Tigers' starting quarterback for next fall.

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 Stadium.

"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 extremely well."

It was the second straight practice in which Parker showed his arm strength.

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 Xavier Dye.

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 team.

"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.

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