Spring Review: Before going down with a knee injury that kept him out the rest of the way, Parks had an up-and-down spring. There's no doubting he is athletic for a tight end, but he has a long way to go in learning the offense. There were more burnt timeouts and coaches yelling because he was out of position than for any other player on the team. That should be expected though of an early entry signee who is thrust into the lineup as the second string tight end because he is but one of two scholarship tight ends on the roster.
Fall Projection: He gained 25-pounds from the time he reported in January to the start of spring practice in mid-March. If he continues at that pace, he could very well be in the 250 range by the time we see him at the start of two-a-days in August. Since it's basically just Parks and Aaron Hernandez at tight end, he's going to play. Don't expect him to be much more than a complimentary piece this year though.
Others who wore the number: Trent Pupello (2006), Nyan Boateng (2005), Bernard Middleton (2004), Reggie Vickers (2001-03), Alex Willis (1997-2000), Shawn Nunn (1992-96), Sarola Palmer (1991), Henry Haston (1990), Mark McGriff (1986-88), Darrell Woulard (1985), Bob Vitello (1983), Chris Faulkner (1979-82), Paul Faulkner (1979), Ron Enclade (1975-76, 78), Tony Anderson (1974), Ken Booth (1971), Tim Good (1970), Gene Peek (1968-69), Brian Jetter (1966-67), Barry Brown (1963-65) and Sam Holland (1960-62)