Parish putting in work

C.J. Parish has seen numerous position changes over the years,but has seemed to find a home at defensive end. Read on to see how he feels about the position, defense as a whole, and more.

After playing linebacker and H-back in his first two seasons, and securing a medical redshirt after missing the majority of 2010 with a concussion, it appears that C.J. Parish has found a home at defensive end. With a starting role just about locked up, Parish continues to work on his technique as he prepares for the opening of the 2011 season.

"Camp is going pretty well right now," Parish said. "We transitioned from a tough summer and came in and started working hard. We're getting back in football shape and everything, but overall we're doing pretty well.

"Right now I'm working on my technique and my run block fits. I'm just trying to help out the defensive line as much as possible. I've made improvements on my hand movement. I've been moving a lot better with my hands and having smooth transitions from pass to run and stuff like that."

Through this point in fall camp, both Parish and Mohammed Usman have been pleasant surprises along Arizona's defensive line, but the 6-foot-2, 245-pound senior knows the two have a lot more to improve on.

"We're doing well so far," Parish said. "We have a chip on our shoulder, but there's still a lot that we need to do. We're doing okay right now, but we have to keep putting in the work and doing what we have to do to be the best."

The chip on the shoulders of Parish and Usman may stem from an offseason's worth of speculation regarding how Arizona will replace Brooks Reed, D'Aundre Reed, and Ricky Elmore in 2011. However, Parish is not worried about UA's three former defensive ends, and is instead worried about his own game.

"I'm not worried about replacing them, our games our different," Parish said. "They're three different guys that are wonderful guys that I've learned a lot from; Brooks' spin, D'Aundre has a mean chop, and what Ricky does best is coming around the edge.

"I've learned something from everybody, but we have to be ourselves. We can't set out to be someone else, we have to have our own swagger and our own game."

The teachings of newly appointed defensive line coach Joe Salave'a have been very beneficial to Parish, who has formed a tight bond with the first year coach.

"I love Coach Salave'a," Parish said. "He's a passionate guy, he played in the league for 10 years and he's someone I've learned from. I take great pride in listening to him when he tries to tell me to do something different on a pass rush or something like that. I love the guy."

As for the rest of the defense beyond the men in the trenches, Parish has been pleased with what he's seen so far.

"The defense is looking good, we're a lot stronger and we're going to be a lot better than people are expecting us to be," Parish said. "It's more of a brotherhood; I'll pick up for one of them and they'll pick up for me and I love my brothers."

For his senior season, Parish has very simple goals for himself and the rest of the team.

"I just want everyone to work hard and play with a chip on our shoulder the whole time and keep doing what we can for the defense," Parish said. "I just want us to be physical, compete, and be technical with everything we do. As for me, I just want to do whatever I can for the team."

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