When asked what Parker wants to bring to the offense, he replied by saying, "When I got the ball in my hands, I just want to do whatever I could to give the offense a spark." And it took him just one series to do so.
The offense first team offense took the field for their first series from the 35 yard line on Monday and looked to get Preston Parker involved immediately. Jimbo Fisher called a bubble screen on the second play form scrimmage looking to get a few yards.
Parker, who got a block from Bert Reed, caught the ball behind the line of scrimmage and then went on to leave the defense in awe. Parker made a few moves before cutting back inside, carrying the ball across the entire field before being run down and pushed out of bounds 49 yards later setting up a touchdown pass from Christian Ponder to Caz Piurowski.
"He (Preston Parker) made one great play out there today" Coach Bowden said of the catch and run, "He made a play that should have made three yards he must have made 40 out of it. If there is anything we have been lacking the last two years its big plays. Big plays, especially out of a guy with the ball under his arm. We can sure use that. We have got more potential in that area."
Parker was just happy to be back in action after missing much of spring practice thus far. "If felt pretty good." Parker said, "It felt like I was part of the team again instead of just sitting on the sidelines. I felt like I got to make a spark out there today."
It was a relief for Jimbo Fisher to finally have his biggest offensive threat back on the field. "Getting Preston back out here (helps). As you saw today he made a couple plays out there today."
Preston Parker lead the team in receiving last season with 62 receptions for 791 yards and 3 touchdowns while also playing two games at running back. Parker has proved all season long that he could be a playmaker and it has carried over to spring. He is a threat to go the distance every time he touches the ball and will cause all sorts of problems for defenses in the future.