We caught up with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney in Charlotte this morning on the eve of the Tigers Meineke Car Care Bowl matchup with South Florida. Dabo always has plenty to say and he didn’t disappoint us today.
Among the highlights of Swinney’s comments was his assertion that Kyle Parker will one day play football again. No, not at Clemson, obviously that ship has sailed. But Swinney believes that Parker could end up landing somewhere in pro football if the baseball thing doesn’t pan out. Swinney maintains that Parker has NFL talent as a quarterback.
Also, Swinney said he believes Tajh Boyd is ready to take over the team next season. He plans to get Boyd in the game tomorrow and said he is confident Boyd will be able to effectively lead the offense in 2011.
We also asked Swinney about Da’Quan Bowers NFL status. Bowers is projected to be a top five pick in the upcoming draft and Swinney admitted it would be tough to expect him to return to school with that projection. However, given the current uncertainty of the NFL labor deal and the prospects of a lockout next season, Swinney said he “would not be surprised” if Bowers opted to return to school for his senior season.