25 - D.J. Parker Position: Free Safety
Class: Junior
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 194 lbs.
High School: Phoebus
Hometown: Hampton, Va.
photo Finished spring practice as the leader of the secondary ... Took control and performed at a high level ... Was asked to be more vocal and responded ... Did a good job of getting players lined up and playing fast ... Started six games as a sophomore and played over 300 snaps at safety ... Also had over 130 plays on special teams ... Turned in a game-changing play when he returned a blocked field goal 78 yards for a touchdown against Georgia Tech ... Saw some playing time at cornerback as a freshman before moving to safety during 2005 spring practice ... Will be an important performer this fall.

2005: Saw action in every game at free safety and on special teams ... Contributed four tackles and a pass breakup at NC State in his first start ... Was in on five tackles at Duke and had a pass breakup against Ohio ... Scooped up a blocked field goal and raced 78 yards for a touchdown against Georgia Tech ... Also posted five tackles in that game ... Registered two tackles and a 5-yard fumble return at WVU ... Helped out on four tackles versus Marshall ... Contributed two tackles against both Boston College and Miami ... Started at Virginia and had four tackles ... Posted three tackles in the Gator Bowl against Louisville ... Registered 34 total tackles for the season ... Earned the Coaches' Award for the defensive player who had an exceptional spring.

2004: Played in 12 games, recording 10 tackles ... Saw action on four special teams plays in the opener against USC ... Played 15 snaps on defense against WMU, recording two solo tackles ... Had a tackle and forced fumble against Duke ... Played 19 snaps on defense against Maryland ... Posted a 300-pound bench press, a 265-pound power clean and a 4.37 40-yard dash in spring testing.

2003: Attended prep school in the fall before enrolling at Tech in January 2004 ... Participated in winter workouts ... Worked at the field cornerback spot during the spring ... Posted five tackles during the annual Maroon-White spring game.

Prep School: Saw action at cornerback for Coach Robert Prunty at Hargrave during the fall of 2003.

High School: Saw action at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back for Coach Bill Dee during his career at Phoebus ... Helped the team to back-to-back state Group AAA championships in 2002 and 2001 ... Completed 45 of 94 passes for 707 yards and 13 touchdowns ... Only threw two interceptions ... Added 400 yards and nine TDs rushing ... Contributed five interceptions on defense ... His game-saving interception against Kecoughtan helped preserve the team's undefeated season in 2002 ... A first-team selection to the 2002 AAA Coaches all-state team ... Named to the first-team Newport News Daily Press All-Star Team as a defensive back.

Personal: Dorian James Parker ... Born 4/18/85 ... Son of Angela Parker ... Brother of Tech freshman Matt Wright ... Enrolled in apparel, housing and resource management.

Tackles G UT AT Tot. Loss Sacks
2004 12 7 3 10 0-0 0-0
2005 13 11 23 34 0-0 0-0
2006 13 13 28 41 0-0 0-0
Career 38 31 54 85 0-0 0-0

Interceptions G No. Yds. Avg. TD LG
2006 13 2 28 14.0 0 18