A solid, experienced defensive end, Parker could emerge as an NFL prospect with a good effort during his senior year...has played anywhere from 250 pounds as a freshman to as much as 300 pounds early last season, but seems to have found his ideal weight at 275 pounds...has good quickness for a player his size and is at his best in pass-rushing situations ... injured an ankle during plyometric exercises during the off-season and sat out spring drills ... had minor surgery on the ankle in April and figures to be back in full health in the fall ... does have the benefit of an unused redshirt year if needed ... coaches like his enthusiasm and leadership skills.
1998: saw a good amount of playing time at defensive end, splitting time with Andre Carter...earned starting assignments vs. Nebraska, USC and Washington...made a big play early in the Oregon State game when he recognized a pass batted into the air and made a sensational diving interception at the Beaver 3-yard-line, setting up Cal's first TD...ended the season with a pair of sacks, including a 6-yarder at USC...had five tackles behind the line of scrimmage among his 18 stops on the season.
1997: saw action in 10 of Cal's 11 games in 1997, mostly at the two interior line positions...finished the year with 12 tackles (nine unassisted)...also registered three tackles for loss, including an 11-yard sack versus Oregon State and a nine-yard sack at Washington State...came off the bench to record a pair of tackles in four games (USC, Washington State, Arizona State and Arizona).
1996: came back from an early season ankle sprain to eventually take over as a starter at defensive end for the final four games of the season...saw his first collegiate action vs. Oregon State, before seeing more extensive duties at Washington State where he was in for 14 plays and was credited with three tackles (two unassisted) and a pass deflection...had an impressive game off the bench against UCLA with two tackles for a loss of 10 yards...made his first collegiate start against Arizona and also ended up starting the Arizona State, Oregon and Stanford games...finished the year with 16 tackles, including 11 unassisted stops.
High School/Personal: Had an impressive prep career at DeAnza HS in Richmond where he registered 87 tackles, seven sacks, one blocked punt and two fumble recoveries in just seven games as a senior...missed a pair of games with a hyperextended knee...was rated the No. 12 defensive line prospect by the West by BlueChip Illustrated and also earned All-Far West honors by SuperPrep magazine, rating as the No. 46 overall prospect in the West...highly recruited, but elected to stay close to home, partly because he has a brother confined to a wheelchair and wanted to be able to stay in contact...chose Cal over UCLA, Oregon, Arizona and Arizona State, among others...also was a standout basketball player and track and field athlete as a prep...has served as a volunteer for a senior citizen community program in Richmond and served as a volunteer youth counselor for the Koforonia Christian Camp...parents are Timothy and Raynell Parker...born Nov. 15, 1977 in Franklin, LA.
Parker's Career Statistics
Year UT AT TT Loss Sacks Int BR 1996* 11 5 16 3-11 0.0 0 1 1997 9 3 12 3-21 1.0 0 0 1998 13 5 18 5-15 2.0 1 1 Totals 33 13 46 11-47 3.0 1 2
* includes stats from bowl game
The Jeremiah Parker File
- Has played at various weights during his three years in the Cal program, from 250 pounds as a freshman to 300 pounds last season and now seems settled in at the 275-pound level.
- Turned down offers from many schools across the country in large measure so he could be close to an older brother who's confined to a wheel chair.