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      Eric Parker
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Shorewood, Ill.

High School:
Joliet Township

Height / Weight:
6- / 172

Position:
WR

Experience:
3L

(Full name: Eric Samuel Parker) ... Born: April 14, 1979 ... Coach at Township High School: Alan Greenberg.

2001 - Games/Started: 12/7 ... Hampered by a nagging shoulder injury suffered against Syracuse ? Returned seven punts for 45 yards against the Orangemen ? The seven returns tied a school record that had been accomplished seven other times ... He is one of those seven as he also returned seven versus Vandertilt in 1999 ... Plucked an onside kick out of the air and returned it 30 yards to the Syracuse 16-yard line ? Tennessee scored on the first play of that possession ? Had a season best four catches for 59 yards against Notre Dame ? Followed up that game with three catches for 16 yards against Memphis.

2000 - Games/Started: 12/7...Starter at wide receiver and the Vols' primary punt returner ... Fourth leading receiver with 23 for 333 yards and 14.5 average...Had 15 punt returns for 352 yards and 10.1 average...He brought back six punts for 60 yards in opener with Southern Mississippi ... One of four catches in Louisiana-Monroe game was a 68-yard TD reception from A.J. Suggs ... Snagged a two-point pass against LSU, helping send the game into overtime ... Ran string of games in which he caught a pass to 16 before he went catchless in Georgia game ... Limited by a knee sprain, he returned only one punt against Alabama...Resumed return duties against Arkansas, hauling one back 48 yards to Hogs? 5 to set up game's first touchdown ... He also had his second touchdown catch against Arkansas, the play covering 30 yards ... He had catches on both first-half scoring drives against Vanderbilt, highlighting a day with five catches for 74 yards and five punt returns for 49 yards .. Ranks second in Vol career punt returns with 94 and fifth in career yardage with 871 ...

1999 - Games/Started: 12/6 ... Made six starts, including Fiesta Bowl against Nebraska ... Finished as second leading receiver with 30 catches for 411 yards and one touchdown ... Returned punts, ranking fifth in SEC with 9.4 average ... Returned punt 69 yards for touchdown against Memphis ... His 41 returns ranked second most in UT history, and 387 yards returned was fifth highest ever at UT ... Caught a pass in every game, including three in Fiesta Bowl ... Twice hauled in five passes, against Georgia and Notre Dame ... His first receiving touchdown was against the Irish ... Posted top receiving yardage with 88 against Florida on four catches, longest for 45 yards ... Tied school record with seven punt returns against Vanderbilt ...

1998 - Games/Started: 9/0 ... A reserve wide receiver who was the leading punt returner before being sidelined with an ankle injury after the Alabama-Birmingham game ... Returned 18 punts for 132 yards and 7.3 average ... Had long return of 22 yards against Houston ... Returned four punts for 28 yards versus Alabama ... Back in action for bowl game, returning four punts for 34 yards against Florida State ...

1997 - Redshirted ...

HIGH SCHOOL - Two-time All-State as defensive back, he also played wide receiver and running back and handled his team?s punting ... Caught 42 passes for 842 yards and had three interceptions his senior season ... As a junior, he nabbed 13 interceptions and returned six for touchdowns while pulling in 27 passes for 757 yards and eight touchdowns ... Batted .425 for baseball team as a junior before suffering shoulder injury that required surgery ... Coach at Joliet Township High School: Alan Greenberg.

PUNT RETURN STATISTICS
Class/Year
NO
YDS
AVG
TD
LONG
Fr. 1998
18
132
7.3
0
22-Houston
So. 1999
41
387
9.4
1
69-UM
Jr. 2000
35
352
10.1
0
48-Ark.
Sr. 2001
13
59
4.5
0
10-SU
TOTALS
107
930
8.7
1
69-UM
RECEIVING STATISTICS
Class/Year
NO
YDS
AVG
TD
LONG
Fr. 1998
0
0
0.0
0
--
So. 1999
30
411
13.7
1
45-UF
Jr. 2000
23
333
14.5
2
68-ULM
Sr. 2001
11
85
7.7
0
20-ND
TOTALS
64
829
893
3
68-ULM

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