Coll FBall: Parker embraces leadership role

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The majority of this year’s Marauders football roster is made up of underclassmen. They are only five seniors on the squad. However, one of those is an All-Northern Sun performer in Jacob Parker.

“One team. One unit. One mind,” Jacob Parker said. “A solid team.”

That’s the mind frame senior defensive back Jacob Parker wants the team to have this year.

“Trying to help get all the younger guys get on the same page,” Parker said. “So, if I ever go down or the next guy goes down, the next guy is ready to go.”

Jacob’s leadership has progressed over the past four years. When he started as a freshman, there were over 20 players in his class, now as a senior, there are only five.

“It kind of came natural you know,” Parker said, “once you started to see guys fall off. I just stepped into the role and I’m taking it by the horns.”

Jacob’s voice has grown in his time on campus. His current role might have been unthinkable when he arrived.

“He was quieter,” Josh Kotelnicki said. “I was also impressed with the fact that he was a good grades kid.”

For his final year, Jacob is balancing playing responsibilities with his leadership responsibilities.

“Anything we tell you on field is not to be taken lightly,” Parker said. “Anything we’re trying to tell you is for the betterment of the team and yourself as a player, as you develop through the program.”

And because Jacob has given so much in his time at UMary, Coach Kotelnicki wants to give something back to him.

“These are definitely some of the better leaders that I’ve ever seen,” Kotelnicki said. “So we are busting our butts out here to make sure those guys go out the way they want to go out.”

UMary looks to rebound from an opening game loss on Sept. 9 on the road against Wayne State.

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