Clemson says surgery set for Beaufort's Parker

info@islandpacket.comAugust 14, 2012 

Clemson head football coach Dabo Swinney announced after Monday's practice that junior linebacker Justin Parker will have surgery on his injured groin Wednesday in Charleston.

The former Beaufort High School star has not practiced this camp and Swinney announced Aug. 4 that Parker would likely redshirt this season, saying the two agreed it was best he sit this year out and come back next season so he could have two healthy seasons to play, accoring to Clemson's athletics website ClemsonTigers.com.

Parker later made a similar announcement on his Facebook page.

Parker played in 14 games last season, recording 10 tackles, seven on special teams. In two seasons, he's made 19 tackles and played 90 defensive snaps in 23 games.

The 13th-ranked player in South Carolina by Rivals.com after a senior year that saw him record 140 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and seven sacks, Parker played in the Shrine Bowl and the Offensive-Defensive All-American Bowl before choosing Clemson over LSU and South Carolina.

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