Player Profile Series: Chris Parks

Our player profile series continues with a look at CB Chris Parks!

Chris Parks

Position: Cornerback

Size: 6-1, 190

High School: Conroe

Classification: Senior

Recruitment; Parks was considered by many as a two-star prospect but held BCS offers from Iowa State and Kansas State, mostly due to his size and athleticism. Parks was recruited by defensive backs coach Derrick Odum, who ultimately landed the Conroe product.

2012 Review: Chris Parks was never supposed to be a starter during his junior year but after the season-ending ACL tear suffered by starter J.R. Richardson during fall camp, Parks started the last twelve games of the season for the Mustangs. While Parks tried admirably, he often times looked overwhelmed on the football field.

Over the course of Parks' twelve starts, he recorded only seven pass breakups and zero interceptions. He also recorded 48 tackles. His statistical highlight of the season may have been his seven tackles against Tulsa, but that had a lot to do with the fact that the Tulsa offense was targeting and picking on Parks throughout the game.

2012 Grade: D

2013 Outlook: While Parks was far from the Mustangs' Defensive MVP last season, he did improve steadily throughout the season. Going into this season with more experience and confidence could be just what Parks needs.

While Parks' tackle totals were solid, he needs to do a better job of preventing his man from catching the ball. A full offseason of working with the first team on defense will help him when goes up against real competition next season.

But he can be a solid contributor, but don't expect him to be a shut down corner in any sense of the term.

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