Returning starter at one defensive tackle position … Great work ethic and intensity … Has played in 35 career games, starting 15 times.
1998:Started every game of the season at defensive tackle … Led all UMass defensive linemen in tackles with 66, including 38 solo stops … Had six sacks for 30 yards and nine tackles for loss … Also had one forced fumble … Totaled a career-best nine tackles against Georgia Southern in the NCAA championship game … Made four tackles in NCAA semifinal win at Northwestern State, including a sack … Had four tackles and a pass breakup in NCAA quarterfinal win over Lehigh … Made four tackles at McNeese State in the NCAA first round, including one for loss … Totaled seven tackles in the home game against Connecticut, four solo and one for loss … Made three tackles against Maine, including a sack for five yards … Made five tackles at Rhode Island, including a sack for 12 yards … Had eight tackles against James Madison, including one for loss … Had two sacks for 10 yards at Richmond … Made six tackles at Delaware, three for loss, with a sack for two yards and a forced fumble.
1997:Played in all 11 games at defensive tackle, all as a reserve … Finished with 17 tackles (six solo), including two tackles for loss, one sack and one fumble recovery … Made three tackles with one tackle for loss against Richmond … Had three tackles in the victory over Rhode Island … Recorded a sack in the victory at Buffalo … Recovered a fumble against Hofstra.
1996:Saw action in nine games … Recorded three assisted tackles on the year.
1995:Redshirted. Before UMass: Played both defensive tackle and tight end for Joe Ursida at New Brighton High School … Recorded four sacks, while also averaging 17.7 yards per catch and scoring one touchdown at tight end during his senior season … First-team All-Western Pennsylvania choice both on offense and defense as a senior … Honorable Mention All-Western Pennsylvania pick on offense and defense during his junior season … His high school team won the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League championship game, played in Three Rivers Stadium … Played tight end in the Pennsylvania-Ohio All-Star game after his senior season … Member of National Honor Society.
Personal:Full name is Aaron Edward Parker … Son of Ed and Kathleen Parker … Father played football at Marshall University … Born November 11, 1976 in Rochester, Pa. … Comes from the talent-rich football area in Western Pennsylvania that produced such greats as Joe Namath, Tony Dorsett and Mike Ditka … Majoring in Exercise Science.
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