Parker eager to shake off injury

Rising sophomore wide receiver had earned a starting spot before injuring his shoulder in one of FSU's spring scrimmages

Preston Parker is itching to get back onto the practice field and out of the sling that is keeping his right arm immobile after he suffered a slight AC separation over a week ago.

The sophomore receiver won't be able to scrimmage or get hit for the remainder of the spring but he hopes to at least go through the motions.

"I am trying to come back next week and catch a few balls out there," Parker told NoleDigest.com. "No contact or anything but I want to at least be back out here. It's getting a whole lot better.

"It's not as bas as everybody first thought it was when it happened. The main thing right now is just the pain."

Prior to his injury, Parker had cracked the starting lineup and was quickly making a name for himself as a rising star for the Seminoles.

"I am trying to get back out there. I want to real bad," Parker said. "I've got a starting spot and I am trying to keep it but once you get hurt it's a lot easier to lose it because you can't prove yourself and show that you can get better. That's the hardest thing right now. That's why I am wanting to get out there as soon as possible." For now, all he can do is watch as his teammates compete on the practice field.

But just because he isn't in pads and not running routes and catching passes, he hasn't stopped being coached.

"Coach (Jimbo) Fisher has kept talking to me and keeping me focused telling me just to pay attention in meetings like I am still the starter," Parker said. "He wants me to be mentally ready when I get back."


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