Decisions, decisions

CLEMSON - Billy Napier tries to put himself in Kyle Parker's shoes when projecting whether or not he thinks Parker will be back in Clemson this fall playing quarterback for the Tigers' football team.

As a redshirt freshman in 2009, Parker led Clemson to a 9-5 record, throwing for over 2,500 yards and 20 touchdowns.

"In my mind, I anticipate, maybe after next years' football season, that's when the true decision comes," Napier said. "It would be a shocker to me if he doesn't play football this year. Kyle, I think, enjoyed the experience of playing. He loves the game of football. I think he likes playing."

He's also yet to decide whether he believes Parker's best opportunity for a professional sports career is on the gridiron or the baseball diamond.

This spring, Parker will once again split time between both.

Napier said on Thursday that he believes Parker will miss around four football practices because of commitments to the Clemson baseball team. During those practices, Tajh Boyd will get first-team reps.

Whether Parker's at football practice or not, Boyd will continue his climb towards winning the starting quarterback job.

"I think Tajh, this is his time to learn," Napier said. "This is his time to really be a sponge, soak everything in, and take advantage…he's getting in position for this to be his football team one day. This is a huge step in that direction."

Boyd, who'll be redshirt freshman in the fall, must show work ethic this spring that Parker displayed last spring, giving him the edge in the race with Willy Korn for the starting spot in 2009.

"We know (Boyd) is very talented. There aren't many young men in the country who can throw the ball like he can throw it or possess the physical tools that he has," Napier said.

"His work ethic and ability to stay driven, not get complacent, realize that he's got a lot to learn will dictate how good of a player he's going to be."

After spending the majority of his time last season with the scout team offense, Napier said Boyd must show that he can learn the offense and retain the knowledge from practice to practice, through the summer and into the fall.

"Don't put the cart before the horse. He's got a lot of repetitions in front of him," Napier said.

He has little doubt that Boyd won't successfully accomplish the objectives that would make him ready to play this fall.

"There are so many things to do between now and then," Napier said. "He's ready. He's a worker. He's the kind of young man you like being around everyday."

Napier said Michael Wade will move into a nickel safety role this spring. Walk-on redshirt freshmen Donny McElveen and Taylor Ogle will also get reps this spring under center.

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