CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. — Clemson’s goals became more difficult to achieve following Saturday’s loss at Boston College. Kyle Parker has confirmed this is his last season at Clemson. So, is it time for the Tigers to groom their heir at quarterback? Is it time to give more playing time to Tajh Boyd?
Not so fast, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said after the Tigers’ 16-10 loss.
“We have a starter,” Swinney said of Kyle Parker.
Parker threw two fourth-quarter interceptions Saturday and again failed to reach 200 yards passing. Parker has thrown for more than 200 yards twice this season after reaching the mark five times in 2009.
Parker said following the game this will be his last season playing football at Clemson, but the future Colorado Rockies’ minor leaguer said he has no regrets about coming back despite Clemson’s disappointing 4-4 record.
“(Minnesota Vikings quarterback) Brett Favre came back two years ago and led them to the Super Bowl, I’m not saying that’s me ’cause I won’t be back next year,” Parker said, “but I did go with my gut and I’ve enjoyed being here.”
Favre will be in Boston today playing the New England Patriots. Parker made a Favre-like decision on his first interception, throwing across his body, across the field and into the wind.
“Again, he’s out there trying to make plays, he’s frustrated trying to make something happen,” Swinney said. “That’s a little bit of who he is, most of the time he makes those plays.
“I wouldn’t trade him for anyone.”
Ellington has turf toe
Clemson running back Andre Ellington was limited in the second half after suffering turf toe. Ellington said he believes it is a mild case and hopes to play next week against N.C. State. There are varying degrees of turf toe, which, essentially, is a ligament sprain in the big toe. C.J. Spiller played with the injury last season.
Kicking competition resumes
Swinney said kicker Chandler Catanzaro, who missed two field goals Saturday, would have been replaced by Richard Jackson in the fourth quarter. Swinney said the kicking competition will be reopened this week in practice.
One of the few positive developments for Clemson was the play of Rashard Hall.
After Hall lost his starting job last week, he responded with a touchdown via interception return and had a key third-down, open-field tackle to force a punt in the second half. He split time with Jonathan Meeks, who had several busted coverage assignments.
Good guys wear white?
Clemson might never wear its traditional all-white road jerseys again during the Dabo Swinney Era. Clemson was in white Saturday and lost for the fifth consecutive time wearing the color scheme. Clemson has not won in white since winning at Florida State in 2006.
Clemson has lost all three of its three road games this season (Auburn, North Carolina, Boston College).
Clemson starting defensive tackle Miguel Chavis (foot) was on the sideline in street clothes and did not play. Chavis had been listed as questionable on the injury report.
Boston College has won five of its plast seven games against Clemson … Dawson Zimmerman booted a 76-yard punt in the third quarter, the fourth longest in Clemson history. However, it wasn’t Zimmerman’s longest punt; of the season, Zimmerman he boomed a 79-yarder punt earlier this season — the second longest in school history.