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5   Preston Parker
Preston Parker

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Delray Beach, Fla.

High School:
Atlantic

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 197

Position:
WR


2008

· The Seminoles' 2007 MVP resumed that role over the second half of the season.

· Played in 10 games and made eight starts after opening the season serving a two-game suspension.

· Despite missing two games versus Western Carolina and UTC, Parker still led all wide receivers with 40 catches and was second on the team with 372 yards.

· Caught over 100 passes the last two seasons.

· His 102 catches the last two years are the most in back-to-back seasons since Peter Warrick hauled in 132 in 1998 and 1999.

· Tied for seventh in the ACC in receptions per game.

· Third among all ACC receivers in receptions per game in conference play.

· His 34 catches in the last seven games of the 2008 regular season were twice as many as any other receiver on the team.

· Had 50 yards or more receiving in four of the final seven regular season games.

· Averaged almost five catches per game starting with the win at NC State.

· Had two of the top 10 all-around games of his career this season. Recorded 169 all-purpose yards in a win over Clemson and 127 all-purpose yards in a loss at Georgia Tech.

· Caught a season-high eight passes in the Seminoles upset win over Maryland in College Park.

Sophomore Year (2007): Played in each of the Seminoles' 13 games including Florida State's game against Kentucky in the Music City Bowl...started three games at the wide receiver position (Miami, Virginia Tech and Kentucky) and two games at tailback (Maryland, Florida) for the first five starts of his collegiate career...earned All-ACC second team honors as a wide receiver by Rivals.com and Phil Steele...an All-ACC third team selection as a punt returner by Phil Steele...named to the All-Florida collegiate team by the Miami Herald...the most dangerous and versatile player for Florida State in 2007... Parker led the Seminoles with 1,513 all-purpose yards...led the team in catches, was second on the team in receiving yards, second on the team in rushing attempts and rushing yards and the team's leading punt returner...had the highest average yards per rush of anyone with more than five carries...ninth among all freshmen and sophomores in the FBS in yards per play (9.82)...only two sophomore wide receivers in the FBS had a higher average per play than Parker...finished the season ranked 75th nationally in all-purpose yards, 30th in punt returns and 91st in receptions per game...in the top 10 in the ACC for punt return average (third), receptions per game (fifth), all-purpose yards (seventh) and receiving yards per game (eighth)...the first player ever to play for Bobby Bowden who has amassed 80 yards rushing, receiving and returning kicks in any game in the same season...averaged over 116 yards of total offense per game...averaged nearly 61 yards per game and nearly 13 yards per catch as a wideout...accounted for 51 first downs, the highest number on the team...tied for the team lead with five touchdowns...ran for his career-high of 133 yards on 20 carries versus Maryland when he was forced into a starting assignment at tailback due to injuries to all three of the Seminoles' scholarship runners...Parker had just five days to learn a new position but still had the second-most productive rushing day of the season by any Florida State tailback...had at least four catches in 10 of the 12 games in which he played wide receiver...had 100 yard receiving days versus Wake Forest and Kentucky...finished the season tied for 10th all-time at FSU in single season receptions...also was 1-for-2 as a quarterback...his first pass was a near perfect strike to Greg Carr in the endzone versus Miami that was dropped...first career completion came on a 17-yard strike versus Boston College where Parker looked off his primary receiver and hit a secondary option (De'Cody Fagg).

Freshman Year (2006): Played in 10 games for the Seminoles as a true freshman...earned playing time in the Seminoles' victory over UCLA in the Emerald Bowl...caught two passes for 26 yards and earned three rushing attempts for 13 yards...returned one kickoff for 21 yards...was one of two true freshmen wide receivers to catch a pass during the 2006 season...earned playing time in the first game of his career against Miami...recorded one rushing attempt for four yards against Rice for the first carry of his career...caught his first pass at Duke...caught a total of two passes and earned one rushing attempt against the Blue Devils...earned his first career kickoff return against Boston College.

High School: Graduated from Atlantic High School in 2006...earned All-American honors following his senior season from PrepStar Magazine...an All-State first team selection in Class 5A by the Florida Sports Writers Association as a senior after catching 45 passes for 1,150 yards and 11 touchdowns...the No. 12 wide receivers and a four-star prospect according to Rivals.com...listed as the No. 2 wide receiver and the No. 18 overall prospect in the state of Florida on the Preseason Florida Top 100 in 2006 by Rivals.com...finished his varsity career with 90 receptions for 1,960 yards and 30 touchdowns...rewarded for his versatility as he earned All-State second team honors in Class 5A as a defensive back following his junior season...chose Florida State over Miami, Minnesota and NC State.

Personal: Born Feb. 13, 1987...major is social science.

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