Dec 31, 2013; El Paso, TX, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies wide receiver Carlis Parker (16) runs the ball against the UCLA Bruins defense at Sun Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports
4. WR Carlis Parker
Carlis Parker had some struggles actually getting the ball during the regular season but Parker did earn one start during the regular season. Parker gained his opportunity to prove himself in the Sun Bowl against UCLA and Parker took advantage of this opportunity with 6 rushes for 40 yards in a performance that proved he had tons of potential.
Parker showed in this game that on top of having great size for a receiver at 6-3, Parker had above-average speed and agility as he proved on the jet sweeps out of the slot that had a lot of success. Parker also showed some strength and Parker became a player that Hokies’ fan saw tons of potential.
Carlis Parker continued to make progress this past spring as Parker proved that his performance against UCLA was not a fluke and that he was a very talented wide receiver and not just an effective playmaker off of the jet sweep. Parker was able to make plays in the slot and on the outside this spring as he proved how talented he is.
Now, Carlis Parker has a chance to be a breakout star and while he currently is not listed as a starter, Parker has the skills to really take off similar to how Joshua Stanford took off this past season. It almost seems like Parker does not have a ceiling and that is something that has coaches and fans alike excited about what Parker can do this fall.