Parker focused on bowl, not NFL draft

U of L junior wide receiver is among the handful of underclassmen that may consider leaving early for the NFL, but the Louisville native tells Cardinal Authority that he remains focused on the Hurricanes and hasn't thought about his pro possibilities.

As the days until the Russell Athletic Bowl tick away, the Louisville Cardinal football team continues to perfect their skill and study their upcoming opponent.

Junior wide receiver DeVante Parker figures to be a key figure when the Cardinals face the Miami Hurricanes on December 28 in Orlando. The 1st Team All-Conference selection has been impressed by the way the offense has looked during the teams bowl preparations.

"We're clicking really well compared to earlier in the season. We are doing a real good job of clicking now."

Despite missing one game with an injury, Parker finished the regular season the team's leader with 743 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The Cardinals will face a quick defense in the Hurricanes, but Parker is confident that the receivers will perform as expected.

"They are pretty good, but if we stick to our techniques we'll be fine," he said.

Parker's name has surfaced as a junior that has the ability and is ready for the NFL. However, while a report recently claimed that he'd return for his senior season if not projected as a first round choice, Parker hasn't spent time thinking about the possibilities.

"I haven't thought about any of that yet," he told Cardinal Authority. "I'm just focused on completing this year first and then I'll probably think about that later on."

The draft decision will come, but for now, the product of Louisville Ballard is focused on Miami and the warmer weather of the Sunshine State.

"I'm really excited to get down there, pretty much because the weather is nicer. It's a lot warmer down in Orlando right now."

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