There were plenty of plays that could have summed up Arizona’s 44-7 blowout of Oregon State on Saturday. But my favorite was Wildcats senior defensive back Will Parks lowering his shoulder and probably making Beavers receiver Jordan Villamin reconsider this whole football thing:
Were it not for the presence of Arizona’s all-everything linebacker Scooby Wright — the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner, Jack Lambert Award winner and Chuck Bednarik Award winner — Parks might be more of a household name among college football fans.
Last season, Parks recorded 81 tackles, two interceptions, one fumble recovery, one sack and eight pass breakups from the “Spur” position — one of two linebacker/strong safety hybrids in Arizona’s base defense. As a sophomore, Parks was named Defensive MVP of the AdvoCare V100 Bowl thanks to a 69-yard INT return for a touchdown in Arizona’s 42-19 rout of Boston College.
If they gave out an award for the most bone-rattling hit of the year, Parks would be the front-runner for another trophy after what he did Saturday.