BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College junior T.J. Parker (Austintown, Ohio/Austintown Fitch) was voted to the ESPN the Magazine Second Team Academic All-District II football team Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current institution and be nominated by their sports information director. All NCAA Division II and III schools, as well as NAIA institutions in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia make up District II.
Parker concluded a very successful season last Saturday for the Bison (1-9). The 5-10, 186-pound wide receiver caught 43 passes for 656 yards and a school-record nine touchdowns this season. He is ranked fourth in the PAC in receiving yards and finished the year ranked sixth in the conference in scoring.
In establishing a new school-record for single-season touchdown receptions, which was originally set by Jared McKnight in 1997, Parker caught at least one touchdown in six games and hauled in two scoring passes in three games to tie the school-record for single-game touchdown catches each time.
Parker’s nine touchdowns are also the third-most ever scored in a year by a Bethany player. The only BC players to ever score more are Will Anderson, who scored 15 touchdowns in 2002, and Brandon Isbell, who found the end zone 10 times in 2000.
In the classroom, Parker has a GPA higher than 3.4 as a Physical Education major. He has been on the Dean’s List twice and earned Academic All-PAC once. Parker is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), the Phi Delta Psi Honor Society and serves as the secretary for the Physical Education Club. As part of SAAC, he participated in tsunami relief fundraisers and a campus clean-up.
Although Parker was voted to the Second Team, he will not be eligible for the national ballot for the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-American team. Only those who are voted to the First Team are placed on the ballot, with the national Academic All-American teams to be announced within the next couple weeks.
Parker is the son of Ray Parker and Cindy Fuentes of Austintown, Ohio.