Instant offense

CLEMSON - The potential to make the Clemson offense explosive is what led to Kyle Parker being named starting quarterback a few weeks before the start of the 2009 season.

And so far the stats certainly back up the notion that's what he brings to the table.

Against Middle Tennessee and Georgia Tech, he's thrown for a combined 420 yards and five touchdowns. His 17.5 yards per completion average is actually better than Tim Tebow (17) and Colt McCoy (12.82).

In addition, Tebow has thrown five touchdowns, just five more yards and completed only one more pass (25). Tebow also has attempted 39 throws. When weighing the percentages, that's considerably fewer than Parker's 51.

However Tebow's completion percentage is 64 percent. Parker's is 47.

Offensive coordinator Billy Napier is quick to defend his quarterback's percentage.

"I think his percentage is a product of the games he's played in. Some pressures, a possession at the end of the (Georgia Tech) game with four incompletions and some drops in the first game," Napier said. "As our offense improves, I think (Parker's) numbers will improve."

Of his five touchdowns, two have been over 60 yards, one over 40 and one over 30. Napier credits the big scoring plays as important parts of the offense's success thus far.

All big-play statistics aside, Coach Dabo Swinney loves the demeanor and confidence that Parker brings to the field. The hope now is that he can also translate into a 10-play, clock consuming scoring drive.

"He's got great skills and brings out the best in those that are around him," Swinney said. "He can throw it anywhere at any time, which can sometimes be a negative."

Citing the interception against Georgia Tech when Parker was trying to hit Jacoby Ford deep while throwing across his body, there are times when the arm strength can be a little too tempting.

Ford actually wasn't even in the read.

"It was supposed to be a fullback in the flat, type deal," Parker said. "I saw him running. To me, he looked like he was wide open."

That mentality, which helped him gain and edge before the season, has done pretty well. Swinney doesn't want to see Parker waiver from it either.

"You don't want to take that aggressiveness away from him," Swinney said.

Though it's nice to be aggressive and look for the big play, it may not come so easy this week. Boston College's defense believes in keeping everything in front and trying to avoid the big play. Long, sustaining scoring drives may be needed.

To be able to maintain long drives, Napier believes there's a need for consistency from all 11 players on the field.

"We get four, five, six, seven or eight plays into a drive and a guy will screw a play up," he said. "We'll get behind the chains and were not able to overcome it…hopefully that's where we can improve this week: our ability to consistently play as a unit each play and move the ball." Top Stories