What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): Has started at both safety and corner for the Golden Flashes. Communicates with fellow DBs. Physical and instinctive. He will stick his foot in the dirt to break forward vs. the screen game with a sixth sense (TFL from 10 yards off, Toledo ’19). Works around traffic in man coverage and -after doing so- can react to tips and overthrows (3rd and 6, 2nd QTR, Bowling Green ’19). Comes up to support the run on the edge after getting off of blocks. In three-deep zone, he displays excellent transition out of his zone turns on sail route concepts (reads eyes of QB through route combo, hands INT, Bowling Green ’19). Adjusts his angles as a blitzer on corner cats to make tackles (Ohio ’19). Affects the three-step passing game in these instances (Ohio ’19). He is capable of breaking down to handle intermediate routes on the perimeter (Toledo ’19). Rakes through the hands of WRs on downfield routes to pilfer balls loose (PBU, 3rd and 11, Toledo ’19-fade pattern). Carries the No. 2 WR vertical and then will go up to high-point interception opportunities (Toledo ’19). After getting beaten, he will keep competing (PBU vs. back-shoulder fade, Tropical Smoothie Cafe Bowl ’19). As a kickoff returner, he runs through traffic at 90 miles per hour much bigger than his size. He has shown the ability to make the last man miss in kickoff coverage as a kickoff returner (98-yd TD, vs. Ohio ’19, called back). Did a good job of returning a squib kick with just under three minutes remaining vs. Utah State in the 2019 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Bowl.
Weaknesses: Size is a major deterrent. Play strength. QBs have slipped out of his grasp on corner blitzes (Rourke breaks tackle, Ohio ’19). In man coverage, he will open the expressway on the outside lanes (Arizona State ’19). He has posted some unnecessary penalties working outside the numbers in man coverage (4th QTR, P.I., Bowling Green ’19). Struggled mightily with the size of Siaosi Mariner in the 2019 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Bowl. Posted a pass interference and allowed fade.
- Attended Central Catholic HS (N.J.) and was a football/basketball standout
- 2016: 28 tackles, QB sack, TFL, 3 INTs (57 yds), PBU and one blocked kick
- 2017 (11 gms): 57 tackles, QB sack, 2 TFLs, FF, INT and 11 PBUs; 20.8 yds/KR
- 2018 (12 gms): 83 tackles, TFL, 2 INTs (20 yds), 16-yd FR-TD, 7 PBUs; 30.1 yds/KR
- 2019 (13 gms, 2nd Team All-MAC): 62 tackles, 3 INTs (21 yds) and 10 PBUs; 27.5 yds/KR and one TD
- Career Stats: 230 tackles, 2 QB sacks, 4 TFLs, FF, FR, 9 INTs (99 yds), 20 PBUs; 27.5 yds/KR and one TD
Time to get NASTY (Our Summary): The team’s coaches lauded Parker for his energy. In fact, the coaches created a music playlist and always had music playing during practices. Along with defensive lineman Theo Majette, he was a player who stood as one of the centerpieces on a scrappy defensive unit. The reason he made our all-purpose list is because…well, he can do just about everything on the football field. Whether it is playing outside, lining up at safety or returning kickoffs, the former All-MAC selection had a hand in it. In fact, he felt that playing safety helped his overall football IQ.
“It improved my football IQ,” Parker said. “Knowing what everyone else is doing.”