Parker making impact with Dinos

CAMERON MAXWELL -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

When it comes to special teams returns, the U of C Dinos are in good hands.

Anthony Parker, a freshman slotback, was named Canada West special teams player of the week after racking up more than 100 yards in a 27-13 loss to Saskatchewan last weekend.

Not bad for a 17-year-old, but the kid has some good genes: His father, also Anthony Parker, was a CFL running back with B.C. and Calgary in the '80s and had a brief stint in the NFL.

But the younger Parker, a graduate of Foothills high school in Okotoks, didn't have football force-fed to him.

"I played soccer when I was a young kid, like most kids do, although I never played hockey," said Parker, who was a u-19 Canada Cup all-star this summer.

He didn't start playing football until the family moved to Okotoks when he was 12, but he's been playing ever since.

Like his father, he started out as a running back, but made the move to receiver and it's paid off as he's starting for the Dinos straight out of high school.

He and the young squad are in for a test against the No. 4 ranked Manitoba Bisons (2-0) tomorrow (noon, SHAW).

It's the home-opener for a big, mature Bisons squad and Parker knows it's going to be a physical battle.

"The biggest thing is they're a really big team and they're all really old -- their average is probably 25 or 26 years old, so they've got a really experienced team, but at the same time, I think they're a little less disciplined than we are," said Parker.

The Dinos (1-1) know is it won't be easy to run the ball like they've done in their first two games (756 yards, second best in Canada), so rookie quarterback Jordan Flagel may have to air it out a bit more given the Herd has the best rushing defence in Canada West.


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