Not too many times does a dominant wide receiver like DeVante Parker suit up for the Louisville Cardinals. In just two short seasons Parker has taken CFB by storm and shown anyone interested just how pro-ready this physical specimen is. Entering his Junior year in 2013 Parker will see a few more double teams but, I still project him to be a top NFL prospect whenever he decides to come out.
At 6-foot-3 Parker poses a threat that is unmatched in the Big East as he has torched the conference in each of the last two seasons. Although he only caught 18 passes his freshmen year he still was a factor as he averaged 16.2 YPC back in 2011. His numbers all skyrocketed this past season with 10 touchdowns and 744 receiving yards.
This wideout has also shown that he is not afraid of the big moment as in the Allstate Sugar Bowl versus the Florida Gators he had a big 17-yard-touchdown and led the Cardinals to a 33-23 victory.
A brighter spotlight will be on in 2013 as the Cardinals will be expected to improve upon their 11 wins and two losses to inferior Big East opponents that they suffered in 2012. In my mind, the program will come back with a vengeance this season and continue to exploit defenses with last year’s 21st ranked pass offense–expect that ranking to go up as Parker increases production in his Junior season.
At the end of the day as long as the 205-pound Parker is lining up wide the Cardinals will have an opportunity to grad hold of a Big East title in 2013.