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I have believed in Arizona Wildcats safety Will Parks since midway through last season when it seemed he took his play to another level.
Rarely noticeable was a breakdown in his coverage. He had the tendency to always be on the ball, including in last year’s Fiesta Bowl when he thwarted a touchdown pass attempt by Boise State by reaching out and swatting the ball at the last moment on a post pattern.
That prompted me to tweet this on Twitter:
Great play by Parks to get his hand on the ball at the last second. Impact defender will have big year next season. Watch. #ArizonaWildcats
— Javier Morales (@JavierJMorales) January 1, 2015
Parks recorded career-high totals in tackles (81), tackles for lost yards (13) and pass breakups (13) last season.
Arizona’s arduous workouts, weight training and running sprints under the intense Tucson sun are not enough to keep him going toward a potential All-Pac-12 season as a senior.
ESPN.com published a report on Parks on May 5, when it was revealed that he has added boxing to his workout regimen. He touched on that subject (including whether he’d step into the ring with Floyd Mayweather) and a couple of other topics in a recent interview with Campus Insiders’ Shae Peppler.
Continue with the slideshow to watch the interviews …
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