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Name: Mark Parson

College: Ohio Number: 24

Height: 5-09 Weight: 192

Position: CB Pos2: KR

Class/Draft Year: Sr/2009

40 Time: 4.48 40 Low: 4.34 40 High: 4.56

Projected Round: Stock:

Rated number 33 out of 236 CB's 396 / 2609 TOTAL

Draft Scout Snapshot: 2007: 12 GP; 12 GS; PR: 6-17-2.8-0; 29 Sol-48 TT, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 7 PBU, 1 FF; Played in 12 games ... Recorded 30 solo and 19 assisted tackles ... Recorded one tackle for a loss ... Returned seven punts for a total of 17 yards ... Intercepted the ball twice... Broke up seven passes on defense ... Forced one fumble ... 2006: 14 GP; 10 GS; PR: 3-27-9-0; 23 Sol-44 TT, 2 TFL, 1 INT, 16 PBU, 1 FR; Played in all 14 games, starting the last ten ... Made 44 tackles, including two for loss ... Broke up 16 passes, second only to senior T.J. Wright on the Bobcats' single-season ledger ... Had one interception ... His 17 total passes defended was also second to Wright on the Ohio season list ... Ranked second in the MAC and tied for 18th in the nation with 1.21 passes defended per game ... 2005: 10 GP; 2 GS; PR: 2-3-1.5-0 KR: 2-32-16-0; 12 Sol-17 TT, 2 TFL, 2 SK, 3 PBU, 3 QBH; Enrolled at Ohio in time for spring practice ... True freshman who appeared in 10 games, starting two ... Played a prominent role on special teams as well as serving as the Bobcats' nickel back ... Recorded two sacks ... Also had two kick returns for 32 yards on the season ... Ended the season with 17 total tackles, two sacks and three pass breakups.

In the past two seasons, the cornerback position has become a cornerstone of the Ohio defense. Dion Byrum brought national attention to Athens in 2005 with his two interception returns for touchdowns in a nationally televised game against Pittsburgh. Byrum finished his senior campaign tied for second in the nation in interceptions and received countless awards from various magazines and news outlets. Last season, T.J. Wright led Ohio's secondary at the cornerback position, finishing with a team-high four interceptions and leading the Mid-American Conference in passes defended per game. He, like Byrum, was also a recipient of a number of post-season awards and acknowledgements. Both Byrum and Wright are now employed by franchises in the NFL. Returning starter Mark Parson knows he has a tough act to follow, but is adamant on continuing this mini-legacy for Bobcat cornerbacks. "We want to make Ohio a university known for its cornerbacks," said Parson, whose six defended passes in a game last season against Akron tied for the highest single-game total in the nation. "We basically breed cornerbacks. We've got high expectations." Dave Brown, Ohio's cornerbacks coach, is looking for Parson to be the man opposing quarterbacks avoid when trying to make a completion. "Each year someone has stepped up, and this year we're looking for Mark Parson to be a lead guy," Brown said. "And we need someone else to step up so Mark can actually see a ball thrown his way." - Andrew Gribble, The Post

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