98   Aaron Parker
Aaron Parker


New Brighton, Pa.

High School:
New Brighton H.S.

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 272


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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