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The Boilermakers open the season Sunday on the road
The Boilermakers have four more practices before Saturday's Jersey Scrimmage
The linebackers look to be one of the top units for Purdue in 2015
Purdue held its first of 15 spring practices on Tuesday.
In Parker's first season as the wide receivers coach, junior DeAngelo Yancey regained the form he displayed as a true freshman in 2013. After totaling merely 12 catches as a sophomore in 2014, Yancey bounced back with 48 receptions for a team-high 700 yards and five touchdowns in his first season under Parker's guide. Senior Danny Anthrop led all Purdue players with 57 receptions in 2015, the most by a Purdue player since Antavian Edison had 58 catches in 2012.
Parker joined the Thundering Herd coaching staff in the spring of 2011 and spent two years as wide receivers coach. In 2012, Marshall led all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in passing offense with an average of 365.1 yards per game. Wide receiver Tommy Shuler led all FBS players individually with 9.2 receptions per game and finished 18th nationally with 94.8 yards per game average. In a Sept. 29 game against Purdue in West Lafayette, Shuler set an opponent record vs. the Boilermakers with 19 receptions for 200 yards.
Prior to Marshall, Parker spent three seasons at UT-Martin as the Skyhawks' passing game coordinator, recruiting coordinator, wide receivers and running backs coach. He began his collegiate coaching career as a graduate assistant at Kentucky, his alma mater.
A four-year letterwinner for the Wildcats, he was twice named to the SEC Scholar Athlete Honor Roll (2002 and 2003), was voted as the "Most inspirational Player" by his teammates in 2004 and was the UK Football Scholar Athlete of the Year (2004).
Parker earned his bachelor's degree in business management from UK in 2003 and a master's in education, also from UK, in 2005.