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FB Forecast: P Austin Parker

Continuing our player by player season preview what a look at the next generation of specialist to play in Durham.

Austin Parker




6-foot-1 / 180 pounds

High School:

Mount Pleasant (NC) / Mount Pleasant




2014 Review:

Parker was rated as one of the top punters in the region and in North Carolina.  He was considered a two star recruit according to


2015 Preview

Parker is behind All-ACC and potential All-American punter Will Monday.  Like his mentor and teammate, Parker will redshirt a season before teaming up with another incoming specialist, kicker A.J. Reed to form a team of specialists that’ll be expected to hold on to the job for several seasons.       


TDD Projection

We’d expect Parker to spend the season adding strength and weight while waiting his turn - one that’ll come next year.  He’ll have some big shoes to fill as Monday graduates.


How he ended up in Durham

Parker, a 6-foot-1, 170 pound athlete who also plays basketball and runs track for his school, chose Duke over interest from Tennessee. Duke began recruiting him in the early Spring, and the relationship he built with the coaches was too much to turn down. 

"They played a big role in my decision, and I just had a great experience when I was there and everything felt right." 

In addition to the Volunteers, Parker received interest from several local and in-state programs as well. 


High School Highlights

Four-year letterman at Mount Pleasant High School under coach Michael Johns a senior, helped the Tigers to a 12-3 overall record and a trip to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) 2A state semifinals ... squad won the Rocky River 2A Conference title with a 5-0 record ... named the Rocky River Conference Special Teams Player of the Year following final campaign ... as a QB, completed 63-of-134 passes for 1,148 yards and nine TDs ... converted six-of-11 field goals, with a long of 47 yards, and added 53 PATs ... kicked off 87 times for 5,184 yards, an average of 59.59 yards, and sent 54 into the end zone for touchbacks ... [info from this last section gathered from]

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