Clem­son QB Parker will re­turn in­stead of start­ing pro base­ball ca­reer with Colorado

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

CLEM­SON, S.C. — Clem­son quar­ter­back Kyle Parker, the first Di­vi­sion I ath­lete to throw 20 touch­down passes and hit 20 home runs in the same year, an­nounced Wed­nes­day that he will re­turn to Clem­son for his sopho­more foot­ball sea­son in­stead of im­me­di­ately em­bark­ing on a base­ball ca­reer with the Colorado Rock­ies.

He said he will con­tinue to ne­go­ti­ate a deal with the Rock­ies, who picked him 26th over­all in last month’s Ma­jor League Base­ball draft.

Parker beat out lo­cal fa­vorite Willy Korn for the quar­ter­back spot last sum­mer, then was a key part of the Tigers’ six- game, mid­sea­son win streak that brought them the ACC At­lantic Di­vi­sion and a trip to the league cham­pi­onship game.

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