Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is going to have to wait until June to know if he’ll have his starting quarterback back next season. Kyle Parker is only a red-shirt sophomore but he’s a draft eligible baseball player and he’s projected as one of the top 100 prospects heading into his junior season with the Tigers baseball team. If Parker opts for baseball that could leave Swinney thin at quarterback. Willy Korn is transferring after he graduates in May which means without Parker Michael Wade is the only quarterback that has ever taken a snap in a game. Wade has never taken a meaningful snap.
AUDIO: Dabo Swinney on quarterback situation
Tajh Boyd is the obvious heir apparent to the quarterback throne. He redshirted this year and he certainly passes the eye test. Like all quarterbacks that have never played a down, he’s a favorite among the fans. Fans always love the guy that doesn’t play because he never makes a mistake. It is always tough starting a guy a quarterback that has never played a down but the redshirt year is crucial. Parker had never taken a live snap until this season and it worked out pretty well. It is a lot easier to find cases of redshirt freshman quarterbacks playing well than it is true freshman stepping in and leading teams successfully. The redshirt year is crucial.
Again, all this is moot if Parker returns, which he very well may. I guess Clemson fans will just have to hope Parker misses a lot of curve balls this Spring. Die hard Tiger football fans may actually cheer when Parker strikes out this baseball season. Obviously, that’s not likely but it is a conundrum indeed.
Swinney is also going to have to wait and see what junior safety DeAndre McDaniel decides to do in regards to the NFL draft. McDaniel has filed paperwork to see what round he would be projected. He says he will only leave if that information slots him in the first round. Swinney expects McDaniel back for his final year.
AUDIO: Swinney on McDaniel’s status
Juniors Jarvis Jenkins and Chris Hairston have also filed NFL draft paperwork but they are both expected to be back for their senior seasons.