Parker-Boyd Adjusts to New Offense

With a 6-4 record, Malvern (Pa.) Great Valley will miss the playoffs this season. In addition to playing a tough schedule – three of their losses came to playoff bound teams - Great Valley had to work through the season with a slightly tweaked offense.

"One of the things I think we've lacked – and it's shown in our statistics – is experience at receiver and tight end," said Great Valley head football coach Gary Phillips. "So what we've done is gone more to our running game."

Star quarterback and North Carolina commit Anthony Parker-Boyd's statistics reflect the change. Last season Parker passed for 1,815 yards and ran for 939 yards, but this year he has 487 rushing yards and 717 passing yards.

"Anthony's done a nice job running our offense," said Phillips. "We've opened up our offense more. We are running a shotgun with three or four receiver sets and he's really excelled. Its wide open sets give Anthony more than his opportunity to run the football and to get out there and make plays. We're trying to utilize his tremendous athletic ability as much as we can."

Parker's ability to adapt to change could come in handy at the next level with a position move possible. The Tar Heels have a verbal pledge from pro-style quarterback T.J. Yates, while also signing two high school quarterbacks in their 2005 class.

Regardless, North Carolina continues to insist they plan to use Parker at quarterback.

"I know he speaks to Coach [John] Gutekunst regularly," said Phillips. "Throughout the process – and as of this past weekend – they're still talking about using Anthony as a quarterback. Anthony is an athlete, but at this point they're recruiting Anthony as a quarterback."

If Parker doesn't find a home under center, Phillips believes that the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, who has been timed as low as 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash, could easily fill-in at wide receiver or free safety.

"I think he has the versatility that makes him marketable," said Phillips. "He can do so many things and is such a good athlete."

After unofficially visiting Chapel Hill over the summer, Parker was sold on the Tar Heels program and committed in August. This past weekend for UNC's game against Boston College, he received his first opportunity to soak in the game time atmosphere of Kenan Stadium and "had a good time," according to his coach.

While nothing has been set yet, North Carolina is the only school that will receive an official visit from Parker.

Although his senior season hasn't concluded, the Philadelphia Inquirer will name Parker as one of their top seven quarterbacks in the New Jersey/Southeastern Pennsylvania region. Parker has rushed 83 times for 487 yards (5.9-yard average), and completed 45-of-82 passes (55%) for 717 yards and eight touchdowns.

This Saturday Great Valley travels to Lower Merion, and then closes out their season Thanksgiving Day by hosting Conestoga.

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