jersey number one, and he's easy to find on the football field. Always
has been. Pierre Parker was a star quarterback at Beddingfield High
School in Wilson. He had many stellar runs and dazzling passes that
appeared on "The Blitz" on Friday nights. I remember one 50-yard
whirling dervish for a touchdown at Greene Central. His athleticism was
never in doubt. Pierre threw for over 1,300 yards and rushed for over
800 his senior year. He accounted for 28 touchdowns and was selected to
the Shrine Bowl. Parker was rated as one of the top 25 prospects in the
He wanted to play quarterback in college. He chose ECU because the
Pirates offered him a shot to call the signals on the offensive side of
the ball. But with James Pinkney taking most of the snaps, Pierre
wanted to get on the field, so he moved to defense.
Parker was shifted to linebacker and had moderate success. Then the new
coaching staff tried Pierre in the back end of the "D", and he has
found a home at safety. Now the communications major calls the signals
for the secondary and is leading a defensive resurgence.
Pierre (ECU is the only school in the country with two Pierre's on the
roster, linebacker Bell is the other) is second on the team in tackles
with 43, and he is tied for first in interceptions with three. Skip
Holtz will tell you he should have more. The Pirates' new head coach
said Parker never dropped a ball in preseason camp, but had two picks
slip through his fingers against Duke. He made up for it with a diving
interception to the seal the victory over the Blue Devils. Then the
redshirt sophomore picked off two passes against SMU and was selected
as Conference USA's defensive player of the week.
Pierre can also lay the wood. Just ask Wake Forest qb/wr Corey
Randolph. Parker drilled Randolph after he made a nice catch in
Winston-Salem on the first series of the game, but number 17 for the
Deac's wasn't seen much more on the field after that.
Parker keeps his postgame answers short and to the point. He likes his
actions to do most of his talking. Pierre will need to bring the heat
this week when ECU faces Memphis and C-USA's all-time leading rusher
Deangelo Williams. But Parker has shown he is as good an athlete as the
Pirates have on the field, and he will be a key player in this key East
Division showdown that could make or break the Pirates chances of
making the C-USA Championship game.