Decisions, decisions

CLEMSON – Kyle Parker and the Colorado Rockies have until midnight on Monday to reach an agreement for him to play professional baseball.

Parker's playing college football this fall. No doubt about it. Whether he's back for his final season on the diamond in Clemson is still up in the air.

The Rockies selected him with the 26th overall pick in the June draft and both sides are at a stalemate during the final hours of negotiations.

In Saturday morning's scrimmage, Parker remained unfazed by his looming business matters. He completed 10-of-14 passes for 170 yards and threw three touchdowns in Tigers' second intra-squad game of the preseason.

"The biggest thing was we executed well," Parker said on Saturday. "We didn't go out there and see the sloppiness we had in our first scrimmage where we were getting penalties and putting balls on the ground."

Terrance Ashe, Marquan Jones and Andre Ellington each were each on the receiving end of Parker touchdown passes. Ellington's was on the wheel-route, which Parker and C.J. Spiller turned into a fan-favorite in 2009.

"I think him and Jamie [Harper] both catch the ball really well. If we're able to get those guys mismatched on a backer, it's easy. They also ran the ball well," Parker said. "Whenever you throw and run well and you've got the play-action working, it makes it easier for the offense."

At this time a year ago, the Tigers' offense struggled to put together respectable stats in last season's camp scrimmages. All reports have the offense clicking along right on schedule for the fall.

Parker credited the big bodies as the genesis of the improvement from 2009 to 2010.

"The guys up front are what make our offense go," he said. "They've all played together a year. I think that helps us out a lot. Those guys are working hard and they really know what to expect.

"I think they did a really good job really showing that last year. A lot of seniors and a new coaching staff came in. They really set a high standard and we're trying to play up to that."

But contract negotiations could take top priority. Parker planned to practice in the first session on Monday, but he could miss the evening workout.

"We've had a lot of conversations and a lot of talk. We haven't really agreed on anything, so I would imagine [Saturday], [Sunday] and Monday are going to be pretty busy," Parker said. Top Stories