CUTigers.com has confirmed Kyle Parker is expected to return to play football at Clemson University this fall.
Sources confirmed to CUTigers moments ago Parker will be back for the 2010 season and has told his decision to Dabo Swinney.
A formal annoucement through a statement is expected Wednesday.
Parker was a first-round draft choice of the Colorado Rockies in June and had imposed a July 20 deadline to the team to have a deal in place to allow him to only focus on baseball.
That deadline has now come and gone and Parker has elected to return to the gridiron at least one more season.
Parker became just the 10th player in Clemson history to hit at least 20 home runs in a season in 2010. He also threw 20 touchdown passes for the Clemson football team in the fall and thus became the first athlete in Division I sports history to throw 20 touchdown passes and hit 20 home runs in the same academic year.
Originally signing with Clemson as a four-star quarterback out of Jacksonville's Bartram Trail High School, Parker came to Clemson to play two sports at the highest level possible.
And he certainly did- leading the football team to an Atlantic Division championship in his first year as a starter while also helping the baseball team reach the College World Series for the first time since 2006.
Shortly after the 2009 season concluded, head coach Dabo Swinney said he thought Parker would return to play football at least one more season, even if he was drafted, but even Swinney admitted after Parker was selected in the first round in June, he would likely sign with the Rockies.
"That's been my gut all along [that Parker would return)," he said in early June. "But I didn't think he would be drafted that high. That was a little bit of a surprise to me. 26th was a little higher than I thought he would be drafted.
"But again, until he tells me he's not playing football it's been my stand all along he would be back."
As it turns out, Dabo Swinney's gut instinct was right again.
Parker's return answers a major question at the quarterback position where Michael Wade and red-shirt freshman Tajh Boyd were expected to battle it out for playing time had he left.
With Parker running the Clemson offense, the Tigers now have an experience signal caller playing behind four returning starters on the offensive line and two quality running backs.
Parker's decision was also a nice present for Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier- who is celebrating his 31st birthday Wednesday.
The verdict is in
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