Parker taking control

The race for Clemson's starting quarterback is approaching an end and Kyle Parker appears to be out in front.

Both Parker and Willy Korn are leaving the decision up to the coaches. Though both would like to start, they're saying the right things, trying to prove themselves on the practice field and not taking the battle into interviews after practice.

"I don't know what's going to happen. Willy's a good player. He goes out there and makes plays," Parker said after Saturday's scrimmage. "If you ask anyone on the team if they think they should be a starter, you're going to get a yes.

"It all comes down to the coaches. Whatever they think is best for the team. Whatever they decide that's what I'm going to have to deal with."

If Parker is named the starter in the next few days, Korn said he wouldn't be discouraged. Had Parker been named the starter during spring practice, Korn said he would have been disappointed.

But now he's got a different mentality.

"At this point I've got the outlook of staying positive. I really feel like I'm going get an opportunity whether I'm a starter or not," Korn said. "It doesn't matter who gets that first play. It's what you do with it (when you get a chance)."

After Saturday's scrimmage, offensive coordinator Billy Napier said Korn will get his chance to play whether he's the starter or second on the depth chart.

"He's going to get to play…he's battling his butt off and worked as hard as anyone. He deserves to play and is going to get to play," Napier said.

Though Swinney isn't ready to name a starter, he'll look over the film from the scrimmage and possibly get closer to naming someone. During the scrimmage on Saturday, Korn was 5-11 for 56 yards. Parker was 5-10 for 39 yards, Michael Wade 3-3 for 20 yards and Tajh Boyd 4-5 for 66 yards. With several candidates to pick from, Swinney believes whoever is named the starter will prove to be a good choice.

"I know whoever we decide on at quarterback we're going to put a winner on the field," he said. "To me, it's very obvious we have more than one good guy."

Making a decision soon would be to the benefit of everyone involved, he said.

While Parker and Korn are at the center of the race, Boyd continues to show flashes of why he was such a valuable commodity out of high school.

Talk of wearing a red-shirt in 2009 between Boyd and the coaches still hasn't come up, he said.

"I'm going to accept any decision they make. For me, it's for the best, whatever it is," Boyd said. "Whatever they do, I'm just going to ride with it."

As long as Korn gets his shot to play on game day, he's going to ride with it too.

"I told coach Napier I don't have to play every single play of every single game. I don't have to be the first one to take the first snap," he said. "But I have to play. He understands that. I think I've shown in the past week and half of practice that I'm worthy of getting that opportunity." Top Stories