It is hard enough to get noticed as a great player as an offensive lineman. It is even more difficult when one plays on the offensive line in the Mid-American Conference.
Anthony Parker is doing his best to display that he is not only one of the best offensive linemen in the MAC but also in the FBS. Parker has the perfect mix of strength, power and aggressiveness wrapped into one package.
After red-shirting in 2007, Parker was named to the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2008 by Rivals.com. Parker started all 13 games for the Western Michigan Broncos last season.
Parker showed his versatility by performing well at both tackle positions during the season. The 6'5'', 305-pound lineman proved he was quick on his feet by succeeding at both run and pass blocking.
Not only was Parker durable enough to start in all the games for the Broncos, but also he participated in at least 70 snaps in a game eight times.
At North Miami Beach High School, Parker was named first-team All-Dade County and first-team All-State as a senior. Parker was also selected as his team's best two-way player in his final year of high school.
Parker provided further proof of his athletic ability by starting all four years on the basketball team.
For 2009, Phil Steele selected Parker first-team All-MAC in his magazine. Parker was the only sophomore to be bestowed such an honor.
Going into 2009, Parker is projected to be the starting left tackle for Western Michigan. Not only does Parker have to protect star quarterback Tim Hiller's blind side, but also he has the added pressure of knowing Hiller may need more time in the pocket while adjusting to three new starting receivers.
All signs point to Parker being up to the task. Parker is out to show football fans everywhere he is one of the best offensive tackles in the country.