Preston Parker: Playmaker

Throughout the first three games, wide receiver Preston Parker has established himself as the playmaker for the Florida State offense and special teams. Following Tuesdays practice, he took the time to with the media about his role on the team and his thoughts on the Alabama game.

It seems that every game, we see at least one big play from Preston Parker. The sophomore from Atlantic High School has been getting it done from rushing the ball, to catching it, to making big plays on punt returns. Parker is averaging 6.4 yards per carry, leads the team with nine receptions averaging 15 yards per, and has 14 punt returns for 194 yards including a huge 44 yard return against Colorado. "They ask me to make big plays all the time. That's all they ask of me. So I just try to go out there and give it 100 percent; but they keep telling me I need to play 100 percent without the ball in my hands too, so I need to work on that now."

Parker is very happy with his role as of now. He knows that he has stepped up and needs to be on the field as much as possible. "Really, I'm on the field almost every play, so whatever they give me, I'm gonna takes." Parker has shown that he has no problem with all the playing time he has received. In an extremely tough climate at Colorado, Parker seemed to still be going full speed during the 4th quarter.

Next weekend, FSU travels to Jacksonville to take on a very storied program in the Alabama Crimson Tide. The game has been hyped for months now, but Parker says he plans on taking it just like any other game. "It doesn't matter what team, I'm just gonna go out there and do my best no matter what. I'm gonna go out there, make some big plays, make the team get pumped and come out with a "W". The team will be practicing hard until the weekend when they are expected to have some time off before the final week of preparations for Saban and the Tide.



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