Parkey Discusses Auburn and His All-Star Week

Auburn commitment Cody Parkey discusses the good and not-so-good aspects of his all-star game week.

Jupiter, Fla.--After looking good in practice, Cody Parkey didn't have a matching performance in the Under Armour All-American Football Game, but says he is glad he participated in the event that attracted top prospects from around the country.

"It was a lot of fun and it was a great experience," Parkey says. "We didn't work on special teams as much as I would like to. I guess that is how these things (all-star games) work so I struggled a little bit. We struggled on the holds therefore leading to my missed kicks.

I have got to work on that when I get to Auburn and build chemistry with a good holder and it should be good," he says.

Parkey missed two PAT attempts and was off target on field goal tries of 22 and 50 yards. He made two PATs and another one wasn't kicked when the holder dropped the snap. He also punted five times for 36 yards, something the Auburn commitment says he doesn't expect to do in college.

"I punted for my school, but I was never really a good punter," he says. "In the all-star game I punted better than I kicked field goals."

Asked what was causing him problems with the field goals, Parkey says, "I gave him (the holder) a spot and if it (the football) is not in that spot I am going to be off. If the ball is placed a too far right my plant foot is going to be too far left, therefore leading me to kick the ball wide left or wide right."

In college the kickoffs are from the 30-yard line and that is where balls were kicked off in the Under Armour All-American Game played on Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. "That was the first time I have kicked off from there," he says. "It looks a lot farther than in high school. I think I put one in the back of the end zone so that was good."

Cody Parkey kicks in all-star practice in Orlando.

Parkey says he watched Auburn's Outback Bowl victory over Northwestern on New Year's Day, but couldn't see the whole game due to his all-star game schedule. "We watched it until the end of regulation, but didn't see the overtime because we had to get on the bus. I was a little scared they (Northwestern) were going to make that field goal and win the game, but we pulled they pulled it out in the end and that is what matters."

The kicker points out he enjoyed spending time with the other Auburn commitments in the game and noted that he also spent time with offensive line recruit Eric Mack, who committed to South Carolina, but is still considering the Tigers. "He is thinking Auburn so hopefully we will get a commitment out of him.

"I talked a lot with the other Auburn commitments and we hung out a bit and we are going to be a big family," Parkey adds. "They are real good players, they are real nice people and it is going to fun playing with them."

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