Freshman Spotlight: WR Chris Parker

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Chris Parker is used to the size criticisms at 5-foot-7, 165 pounds but he did not let it stop him from the pursuit of a Big Ten football career at Rutgers.

Size matters not to walk-on receiver Chris Parker, who received more opportunities than most true freshmen during Rutgers training camp.

Parker picked up some second-team work with the wide receivers, including a big splash in front of fans during the open practice, and practiced his craft in the return game. Generously listed at 5-foot-7, 165 pounds, the freshman from Harlem is ready to prove doubters wrong through his college career.

“I get that every day,” Parker said. “But I already know that I just use it as fuel. It’s nothing different. It’s not a surprise for me. I’ll be getting it for the rest of my life. I’m used to it.”

Parker transitioned from the Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep quarterback and do-everything player to walk-on at Rutgers. He worked as a wide receiver and special teams player during training camp, and could push for opportunities in the return game behind names like Janarion Grant.

“I don’t think I could have a specific role, it’s just whatever area I’m needed, I will be there,” Parker said. “I will be that scout-team player. It doesn’t really matter what I have to do. I’ll do whatever I can to help the team, whatever it takes.”

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