Parker-Boyd Eager to Begin UNC Career

Perhaps lost in all the excitement surrounding the future of the quarterback position at North Carolina is the impending arrival of 2006 signee Anthony Parker-Boyd. He'll get a chance behind center, but realizes he may have to change positions in order to get on the field.

"I've been talking to the coaches about where I fit in," said Parker-Boyd, 6-1, 200, from Malvern (Penn.) Great Valley. "Coach [Frank] Cignetti and Coach [John] Bunting assured me they're looking at me for quarterback, and left the option up to me whether I want to help the team out. They think I can help the team out if it doesn't work out at quarterback."

"I talk to Coach Bunting maybe two or three times a week. I'm just focused on making sure I'm prepared for everything I need when I come down. For the football aspects, I think it will take care of itself. I'll worry about it more when I get down there in three weeks."

But two days before he's to arrive at UNC, Parker-Boyd has some other business to take care of in the form of the Big 33 All-Star Game.

"The game gives me a chance to represent my state, Pennsylvania, against Ohio," he said. "It's a traditional game that's been played for a long time. Around here we take pride in football. On top of that, we really don't like Ohio, except for [UNC signee] Anthony Elzy – he's all right."

Parker-Boyd, a two-year starter at quarterback and a four-year starter at defensive back, has also played running back and wide receiver.

Last year, Parker-Boyd both threw and ran for more than 1,000 yards and scored 19 touchdowns. As a junior, he passed for 1,815 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for 950 yards and eight touchdowns. On defense, he made 34 tackles and picked off five passes to lead Great Valley to the district championship game and the No. 8 ranking in Pennsylvania, earning all-state honors.

"Obviously his total athletic ability [is his best attribute]," said Great Valley head football coach Gary Phillips. "He has quick feet, he can move, he makes quick decisions. He can run with the football and he has a strong arm. I think the thing that intrigued North Carolina a ton is that he's only played quarterback for two years – so he has a tremendous upside, they can build him up from the ground, and he's not a kid that's done it all his life and is resistant to change."

Parker-Boyd's grandmother, Nancy, lived in Durham six years before moving with her daughter, Cloyce, and grandsons, Kyle and Anthony, to Philadelphia.

"Every time I think about coming down to North Carolina, I get kind of overwhelmed," Parker-Boyd said. "Most of my family was brought up in North Carolina. When I was about seven, we moved to Philadelphia. My grandmother was the one who brought us down there when my mom was younger."

"We're very excited," added Cloyce about her son moving back to the triangle. "We have family in Raleigh and we thought the world of the campus – it's just so huge, I'm just delighted he picked my mom's hometown. When we had a chance to come down and visit the campus and we were just floored. My oldest son is into the architecture and was impressed by the historical designs of the buildings. We had a real good tour."

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