YFO All-Star Selection: RB/OLB Parker Allen
- Updated: July 22, 2014
Name: Parker Allen
Position: RB/ OLB
Favorite NFL Team: 49ers
Favorite College Team: Arizona State University
Today we introduce our newest Youth Football Online All Star selection, Parker Allen. Parker runs the football with excellent effort, he runs hard each time he touches the football. Possessing excellent vision, Parker does an exceptional job of finding seams and exploding through them. As soon as he sees the opening, he is able to cut and power through into the second level of the defense. Parker has excellent top end speed as well- he is very difficult to run down in the open field. You may get close, only to meet with a very strong stiff arm.
Parker prides himself on completing his runs. He always runs hard and runs through the contact. We asked Parker what does it take to be a good running back? Parker responded, “ You have to finish your runs and always run hard”. As you can see in his highlight video that Parker is very difficult to bring down one on one. Since he is always driving through the tacklers he rarely gets tackled for negative yardage. Parker is not only a good ball carrier, he is an excellent pass catcher. Parker is able to catch the football on a consistent basis. He is an excellent receiving threat out of the backfield and is a complete coverage mismatch for linebackers.
Parker Allen’s 3 Tips for RBs:
Work hard in practice
It isn’t just limited to offense. Parker Allen excels on defense as well as an outside linebacker. Parker’s favorite aspect of playing defense is making big plays. He loves making a big tackle for a loss. Parker is very aggressive, and a sure tackler. His open field tackling ability is phenomenal. Parker’s athleticism and closing speed allows him to get the ball carrier very quickly.
Parker has excellent coverage skills as well. He does a nice job of going up and getting the ball at its highest point. We see confirm again, Parker has excellent hands and consistently intercepts the ball. I am surprised that he had so many defensive highlights, as an opposing offense, should not be inclined to throw his way. As far as throwing goes, Parker has excellent closing speed in coverage. He is able to break on the ball quickly and make a play. If you float the ball in the air around Parker he will pick it off. Once Parker gets his hand on the ball he has the ability to take to house and get his team a defensive score.
Here is what Coach Tony said about Parker: