Parker had been in a battle for the top spot with red-shirt sophomore Willy Korn over the spring and the first two weeks of preseason practice.
"Kyle Parker will be our starting quarterback against Middle Tennessee on September five," said Swinney after the morning practice on
Monday. "Kyle has separated himself from the other quarterbacks. I have
been pleased with his progress and he gives us the best chance to be an
"Willy Korn has shown great improvement since the spring and deserves to
play. He will play against Middle Tennessee and it is my intent to get him
into every game this year.
"I have the utmost confidence that both quarterbacks can lead us to victory.
"We have three weeks to prepare for an excellent Middle Tennessee team. The
team knows who the first-team quarterback will be and it will allow us to
become more of a cohesive offense. Kyle and Willy had been splitting time
with the number-ones and twos."
Parker is yet to play in a football game for the Tigers. He sat out last
year, his first year at Clemson as a red-shirt. He is a two-year starter
for the Clemson baseball team as an outfielder. He was a first-team All-ACC
DH in 2008 when he hit 14 home runs, and helped the Tigers to the Super
Regional in 2009 when he hit 12 home runs.
Parker is in the unusual situation in that he will be considered a junior in
baseball and a freshman in football in terms of athletic eligibility during
the 2009-10 academic year.
Korn has seen limited action over the last two years due to injury. For his
career he has played in eight games with one start, the 2009 Georgia Tech
game. He is 34 of 49 passing for 316 yards and two touchdowns in those eight
games. He has thrown for two scores and rushed for two in his limited
Swinney also said after practice that it is his intention to
red-shirt first-year freshman quarterback Tajh Boyd.
Parker named the starter
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