- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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A few items of interest from Monday's practice report:
The deadline for quarterback Kyle Parker to sign a contract with the Colorado Rockies is midnight tonight. Parker was a first-round selection of the Rockies in June. The deadline for all college players to sign with a Major League team is Monday night. Parker completed the morning practice, then left to be with his family in Augusta, Ga., to work out the contract with the Rockies. Parker will miss Monday night’s practice and Tuesday morning’s scrimmage.
“This is a very important decision for Kyle and he has a lot of things to work out, so he has the rest of today and Tuesday off,” coach Dabo Swinney said, according to the team's practice report. “I told him he could take all of Monday off, but he wanted to be here for this morning practice.
“He has done a great job focusing on football since he came back to school. He had a great scrimmage on Saturday. I know he is looking forward to getting this contract settled. We won’t have practice Wednesday, because it is the first day of school, so we will see him Thursday.”
Swinney said his kicking situation is "cloudy at the moment."
"If we played today, the kicker would be Chandler Cantanzaro, a red-shirt freshman from Greenville, S.C. He has made 94 percent of his field goal attempts inside the 40 so far in the preseason, the best of our three kickers.”
Starting defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was not at Monday morning’s practice, but is scheduled to return to practice for the Monday evening practice. Bowers has missed the past week following the sudden death of his father, Dennis Bowers, a week ago Sunday.
Five players were in yellow jerseys on Monday because of injury. Those players were DeAndre Hopkins (shoulder), Rennie Moore (thigh), D.J. Howard (ankle), Ben Ramsey (ankle) and Xavier Brewer (hamstring). Freshman linebacker Justin Parker missed will miss both practices on Monday as he returned home to be with his mother, who is ill.