Despite Clemson's three-game losing streak, quarterback Kyle Parker said he does not regret his decision to play football this fall.
"I feel like I made the right choice I'm not regretting it at all," Parker said. "Obviously, I'd want it to go a little differently. But it's not 'why did I come back' It's what can I learn from this, what can I take from this that will help me out down the road."
Parker agreed with the Colorado Rockies to a $1.4 million signing bonus in August, a contract allowing Parker to play football. Parker turned down a $2.2 million baseball-only contract in July.
Parker was selected 26th overall by Colorado in the June baseball draft. The sophomore said Tuesday he has not made a decision regarding his athletic future.
"I still think I have a lot of options open," Parker said.
Parker's growth as a quarterback has been hindered by the departure of C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford. The staff feels offensive continuity was in part damaged by the Clemson baseball's long postseason run and Parker's decision to take the summer off from football.
Despite those factors, Parker's efficiency rating is nearly equal to his rate from last year, when he earned freshman All-American honors.
An NFL scout told the Sporting News in the summer Parker was the second best sophomore quarterback in the country behind Stanford's Andrew Luck "I don't know if (this season) going to help me in football in the future, it may help me in baseball in the future or different situations," Parker said.
"It's just how I carry myself and the leadership I try to present to this team. It's not going to show up on the stat sheet. ... I value what people think of me. Especially people that are in here and close to me every day."
Fear the turtle
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney called Maryland's defense the most difficult the Tigers have had to prepare for from a scheme perspective, citing the variety of blitz packages second year Terps defensive coordinator Don Brown will call.
The Maryland offense is also a more difficult study with dual-threat quarterback Jamarr Robinson expected to play. Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele said Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen has a library of formations and plays at his disposal.
Steele said the Tigers played a season-low of 10 snaps of man-to-man coverage against North Carolina.
Steele said the calls were not a reaction to patching a leaky pass defense that allowed long touchdowns to Miami and Auburn, but rather the result of North Carolina's offensive play calling.
After allowing 50-plus-yard passing touchdowns to Auburn and Miami, Clemson allowed only one long passing gain to North Carolina, a 51-yard gain by running back Johnny White.
"This group has a very determined spirit," Swinney said. "No heads are down.
They were here at 6:30 (Monday) morning anxious to get started."