DeVante Parker

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DeVante Parker
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Parker in 2013
No. 11 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Wide receiver
Personal information
Born: (1993-01-20) January 20, 1993 (age 26)
Louisville, Kentucky
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Louisville (KY) Ballard
College:Louisville
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
  • First-team All-AAC (2013)
  • Second-team All-ACC (2014)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 1, 2019
Receptions:166
Receiving yards:2,292
Receiving touchdowns:9
Player stats at NFL.com

DeVante Parker (born January 20, 1993) is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Dolphins in the first round in the 2015 NFL Draft. He played college football at Louisville.

Early years[edit]

Parker is the son of Raneca Parker and former Louisville running back Anthony Shelman. He attended Ballard High School in Louisville, Kentucky,[1] where he was a three-sport star in football, track and basketball. He was a two-time All-State performer. He totaled 73 catches for 1,438 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior. He was named first team All-State by The Courier-Journal. He recorded 209 yards and one touchdown against 6-A state champion Trinity, 137 and two touchdowns and 184 and two touchdowns in two games against No. 2 St. Xavier, 321 yards and two touchdowns against 6-A finalist Male and 227 yards and three touchdowns in just three quarters against 3-A state champion Central. He was named co-Paul Hornung Award winner as the state's top player with Boyle County's Lamar Dawson. He hauled in 68 passes for 1,793 yards (26.4 yards a catch) and 19 touchdowns as a senior, that ranks fourth all-time in state history. He finished his career as one of the state's all-time leading wide receivers with 3,274 yards, which ranks fifth only behind Somerset's John Cole (4,981), Lawrence County's Gerad Parker (4,736), Male's Montrell Jones (4,345) and Mason County's Chris Lofton (3,511).[2]

In track & field, Parker lettered all four years for the Bruins competing as a sprinter. He earned a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash at the 2011 Male All Comers Meet, recording a personal-best time of 11.18 seconds.[3] At the 2011 Class 3A Region 4 Championship, he posted a career-best time of 22.57 seconds in the 200-meter dash, placing 3rd, while also helping his 4x100 relay rank top in the state until defeated by rival Louisville Eastern High School at regionals and 4x200 relay squad placed first.[4]

Recruiting[edit]

Parker was rated as the 26th-best wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com. He was ranked as the 77th-best wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com and the fifth-best player in the Rivals.com Kentucky postseason top 10. Parker chose Louisville over scholarship offers from Kentucky, Indiana and UCF.[5]

College career[edit]

Freshman season[edit]

As a true freshman in 2011, Parker appeared in 11 games. He finished sixth on the team with 18 receptions for 291 yards and led the team in touchdowns with six. He had two receiving touchdowns at USF.[6] He also made a highlight-reel 39-yard touchdown reception in the season-opening win versus Murray State.[7]

Sophomore season[edit]

As a sophomore in 2012, Parker played in all 13 games and led the team with 744 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns on 40 receptions. His 10 touchdown receptions were the most by a player in a season since 1998. He had a touchdown in six straight games to end the season. He had two games with two receiving touchdowns. He finished the season with two 100-yard-receiving games. He hauled in a 75-yard touchdown reception to start the second half of the Pittsburgh game.[8][9]

Junior season[edit]

As a junior in 2013, Parker played in 12 of 13 games and had 55 receptions for 885 yards and a school record-tying 12 touchdowns.[10] His 12 touchdowns were tied for 10th nationally and led the AAC. He recorded three 100-yard-receiving games. He tied a career-high with nine receptions for 142 yards and one touchdown in the Russell Bowl win over Miami.[11] He had a career-best nine catches for 104 yards and two touchdowns in a road win over No. 23 Cincinnati.[12] He finished with five catches for 71 yards and a score at UConn.[13] He had two scoring catches and six catches overall for 74 yards against FIU.[14] He had a season-high 134 yards receiving on five receptions and a pair of touchdowns against EKU.[15][16]

Senior season[edit]

Parker missed the first seven games of his senior season in 2014 with an injury. He played in six games, recording 43 receptions for 855 yards and five touchdowns.[17]

College career stats[edit]

Year GP–GS Receiving
REC YDs AVG LNG TDs YPG
2011[18] 13–9 18 291 16.2 42 6 32.3
2012[19] 13–12 40 744 18.6 75 10 62.0
2013[20] 13–12 55 885 16.1 54 12 73.8
2014[21] 6–6 43 855 19.9 71 5 142.5
Total 156 2,775 17.7 73 33 77.7

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 58 in
(1.90 m)
209 lb
(95 kg)
33 14 in
(0.84 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.45 s 1.51 s 2.61 s 36.5 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 5 in
(3.18 m)
17 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Parker was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round with the 14th overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.[22][23]

2015 season[edit]

As a rookie, Parker appeared in 15 games and started four. In Week 12, against the New York Jets, he had his first professional receiving touchdown on a 33-yard reception from quarterback Ryan Tannehill.[24] In the regular season finale, he posted five receptions for 106 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown against the New England Patriots.[25] He recorded 26 receptions for 494 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.[26]

2016 season[edit]

Parker started off his second professional season strong with eight receptions for 106 receiving yards against the New England Patriots in Week 2.[27] Overall, he finished the season with 56 receptions for 744 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns.[28] He made his playoff debut in the Wild Card Round against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He had four receptions for 55 receiving yards in the 30–12 loss.[29]

2017 season[edit]

In the 2017 season, Parker appeared in 13 games and started all of them but one. He totaled 57 receptions for 670 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.[30]

2018 season[edit]

On April 24, 2018, the Dolphins picked up the fifth-year option on Parker's contract.[31] He had six receptions for a career-high 134 receiving yards in a loss to the Houston Texans in Week 8.[32] In 11 games, Parker totaled 24 receptions for 309 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.[33]

2019 season[edit]

On March 12, 2019, Parker signed a new two-year contract with the Dolphins through the 2020 season.[34]

Year Team Games Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Tgt Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Fum Lost
2015 MIA 14 4 50 26 494 19.0 49 3 0 0
2016 MIA 15 8 87 56 744 13.8 56 4 0 0
2017 MIA 13 12 96 57 670 11.3 36 1 1 0
2018 MIA 11 7 47 24 309 12.9 46 1 0 0
Career 53 31 280 163 2,217 13.6 56 9 1 0

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Male All Comers". KYTrackXC.com.
  4. ^ "Region 4 Class AAA". milesplit.com.
  5. ^ "DeVante Parker". yahoo.com.
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  7. ^ "Murray State at Louisville Box Score, September 1, 2011". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  8. ^ "Louisville at Pitt Box Score, October 13, 2012". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  9. ^ "Devante Parker 2012 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  10. ^ "Charlie Strong's brakes off, DeVante Parker looking for big season at Louisville". The Courier-Journal. July 24, 2014.
  11. ^ "Russell Athletic Bowl - Miami (FL) vs Louisville Box Score, December 28, 2013". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  12. ^ "Louisville at Cincinnati Box Score, December 5, 2013". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
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  14. ^ "Florida International at Louisville Box Score, September 21, 2013". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  15. ^ "Eastern Kentucky at Louisville Box Score, September 7, 2013". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  16. ^ "Devante Parker 2013 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  17. ^ "Devante Parker 2014 Game Log". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  18. ^ "2011–12 Overall Individual Statistics".
  19. ^ "2012–13 Overall Individual Statistics".
  20. ^ "2013–14 Overall Individual Statistics".[permanent dead link]
  21. ^ "2014–15 Overall Individual Statistics".[permanent dead link]
  22. ^ Poupart, Alain (May 1, 2015). "Phillips Drafted To Be Big Man In The Middle". MiamiDolphins.com. Archived from the original on September 16, 2017. Retrieved September 16, 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  23. ^ "2015 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  24. ^ "Miami Dolphins at New York Jets - November 29th, 2015". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  25. ^ "New England Patriots at Miami Dolphins - January 3rd, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  26. ^ "DeVante Parker 2015 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  27. ^ "Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots - September 18th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  28. ^ "DeVante Parker 2016 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  29. ^ "Wild Card - Miami Dolphins at Pittsburgh Steelers - January 8th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  30. ^ "DeVante Parker 2017 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  31. ^ Sessler, Marc (April 24, 2018). "Dolphins pick up DeVante Parker's fifth-year option". NFL.com.
  32. ^ "Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans - October 25th, 2018". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  33. ^ "DeVante Parker 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  34. ^ Wolfe, Cameron (March 12, 2019). "Source: Dolphins agree to bring back WR Parker". ESPN.com.

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