Quick hits with Kyle Parker

CLEMSON - CUTigers checks in with Kyle Parker as the Tigers gear up for the second half of the season.

What's it been like going through these past few days since the Maryland game?
Parker: It definitely hasn't been easy. If you would ask anyone in the season where we'd be at this point, they definitely wouldn't say 2-3. We didn't work as hard as we did to end up 2-3 right now. I think it's a big point for our team. We can either fold it in or keep on playing hard and try to turn this thing around. It's not too late. We have a lot of football left ahead of us.

Is it though to keep calm when the start has been the way it is?
Parker: It's definitely been tough. There's a lot of pressure. There's a lot of pressure on the coaches and on the players. That comes from the fans and also comes from us. We have really high expectations of ourselves. If we didn't want to win, we wouldn't put all the time we do into it. The biggest thing for us is that we can't give in yet. I think there's a lot of heart on this team. There are a lot of goals still left on the table. You never know how this thing can turn out.

Is this where you really find out what everybody on this team is made out of coaches, players, special teams, offense, defense—everybody?
Parker: Definitely. It's easy to jump on the bandwagon when you're winning all the time. You can really tell a lot from different players when things aren't going the way you want them to. Things aren't going the way we want them to. The biggest thing now is we have to step up and start making plays all around the board.

Is there one thing you can point out on offense that's just why it's not fully clicking?
Parker: If we could figure out what we could do to just turn it on I think we would have found it already. I think it's just a lot of things. A lot of people should be held accountable, me in particular. There are things I can do better and there are things a lot of people on the offensive side can do better. That's just the way it goes. I think we can learn a lot from it and get better. We're going to have to if we're going to win.

Can this sort of frustration be motivating over the next few weeks?
Parker: Just looking at the record, it doesn't look good. It's a loss on the record but if you got back and look at those games I think you can take a lot of positives out of them. There's a lot of potential on this team but I don't think potential really means anything until you accomplish something. The biggest thing we're trying to communicate to the guys is to stay in there and keep it up. It may not look good now but it will say a lot if we come out of this and turn this thing around.

What would you tell the fans?
Parker: I'm just as frustrated as they are. I think people on this team care as much, or even more than a lot of the fans because of all the time we put into this. We care a lot about this program and we really appreciate our fans being out there and supporting us. I don't think it's going how anyone in this organization wanted. There's a lot of hope left and a lot of fight left in us.

Do you anticipate any tweaking going on here the next week and a half or so?
Parker: To be honest with you, I don't think it's our play calls. I think its little things and maybe a play call here or there. Other times it could be pointed at this not going right or we can do that well. Plays can only go so far. The players need to step up and make plays.

What specifically do you need to improve on?
Parker: I would have to say the all around decision making. That only comes with time. Being out there in a game situation is a lot different than in practice. I think I can do a better job of getting our guys a better opportunity to make plays. That's how I would define my position as quarterback—putting other guys in the right place, giving them catchable balls and managing them down the field.

Are you not as inclined to run for yards as you were at the beginning of the season?
Parker: Not at all. I'll run whenever I need to run.

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