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Seth Parris

His junior year, Pulaski County Cougar Seth Parris was forced to play the entire season with a soft cast and a brace on his hand and arm due to an injury he sustained during the pre-season. Early on, it was feared the brace would hinder his ability to carry and catch the ball. At the end of the season, he had proved doubters all wrong.
Parris, who stands just over six feet tall and weighs in at 193 pounds, carried the mail 147 times in 2007 for 678 yards. He also had 4 catches for 22 yards and scored 10 touchdowns for the Cougars, as well as having 16 tackles for the Cougar defense.
So what difference has a year made for Parris? First, he got stronger. This off season he finished with a bench press max of 315 pounds, a squat max of 485 pounds, and a power clean max of 275 pounds. He has also worked on his speed and body control, and made a fine showing in the Cougars 7 on 7 competitions held over the summer.
“Seth is a real work horse,” said Head Coach Jack Turner. “He has a very strong work ethic, and he puts out 100 percent for us. Last year he played that whole season with a cast on his hand, and he never let up for a minute. This year should be an even better one for him though, and he is already making a difference for the team. He is a great fullback, but he also plays really tough defense for us. You can see that by the amount of yards and the scores we’ve given up so far this season.”
To this point in the 2008 season, Parris has rushed the ball 62 times for 217 yards, and has caught one pass for 23 yards. He has scored 3 touchdowns, recovered a fumble, and has 19 tackles. His biggest touchdown so far this season may have been the one he scored two weeks ago at Jefferson Forest, where the Cougars won by a score of 10-7 on the road in a defensive battle.
And he’s done all this while trying to help keep things under control at home, where his dad, Hoyt Parris, is recovering from a terrible motorcycle accident that happened right at the start of the season. He has been able to maintain his focus not only on the field through all this, but in the classroom as well. Parris boasts a very impressive 3.81 GPA, which he says should be a 3.9 by the end of this grading period.
When asked what his plans are after high school, Parris replied with a very clear plan. “I would love to play football, but the important thing is my education. I want to go to Virginia Tech for my first four years, and then transfer to either Duke or UVA for the next six to become an orthopedic surgeon. If football can be in that plan too, it would be great,” Parris says.
Parris, who also plays basketball, also was very grounded about his Cougar career. “I don’t know what my favorite memory of being a Cougar football player is just yet. I’m hoping it happens this season. We’ll find out more and more each week.”
Parris also wanted to pass along a message to the upcoming rec league and middle school players who hope to wear a gold helmet one day. “Keep at it and work hard, during the season and during the off season. Don’t ever give up on your sport, even though it will get hard sometimes. The feeling of victory is so much better than failure, but it’s even better when you know you’ve given it your all. Always work and play as a team,” he urged.

Seth Parris

His junior year, Pulaski County Cougar Seth Parris was forced to play the entire season with a soft cast and a brace on his hand and arm due to an injury he sustained during the pre-season. Early on, it was feared the brace would hinder his ability to carry and catch the ball. At the end of the season, he had proved doubters all wrong.
Parris, who stands just over six feet tall and weighs in at 193 pounds, carried the mail 147 times in 2007 for 678 yards. He also had 4 catches for 22 yards and scored 10 touchdowns for the Cougars, as well as having 16 tackles for the Cougar defense.
So what difference has a year made for Parris? First, he got stronger. This off season he finished with a bench press max of 315 pounds, a squat max of 485 pounds, and a power clean max of 275 pounds. He has also worked on his speed and body control, and made a fine showing in the Cougars 7 on 7 competitions held over the summer.
“Seth is a real work horse,” said Head Coach Jack Turner. “He has a very strong work ethic, and he puts out 100 percent for us. Last year he played that whole season with a cast on his hand, and he never let up for a minute. This year should be an even better one for him though, and he is already making a difference for the team. He is a great fullback, but he also plays really tough defense for us. You can see that by the amount of yards and the scores we’ve given up so far this season.”
To this point in the 2008 season, Parris has rushed the ball 62 times for 217 yards, and has caught one pass for 23 yards. He has scored 3 touchdowns, recovered a fumble, and has 19 tackles. His biggest touchdown so far this season may have been the one he scored two weeks ago at Jefferson Forest, where the Cougars won by a score of 10-7 on the road in a defensive battle.
And he’s done all this while trying to help keep things under control at home, where his dad, Hoyt Parris, is recovering from a terrible motorcycle accident that happened right at the start of the season. He has been able to maintain his focus not only on the field through all this, but in the classroom as well. Parris boasts a very impressive 3.81 GPA, which he says should be a 3.9 by the end of this grading period.
When asked what his plans are after high school, Parris replied with a very clear plan. “I would love to play football, but the important thing is my education. I want to go to Virginia Tech for my first four years, and then transfer to either Duke or UVA for the next six to become an orthopedic surgeon. If football can be in that plan too, it would be great,” Parris says.
Parris, who also plays basketball, also was very grounded about his Cougar career. “I don’t know what my favorite memory of being a Cougar football player is just yet. I’m hoping it happens this season. We’ll find out more and more each week.”
Parris also wanted to pass along a message to the upcoming rec league and middle school players who hope to wear a gold helmet one day. “Keep at it and work hard, during the season and during the off season. Don’t ever give up on your sport, even though it will get hard sometimes. The feeling of victory is so much better than failure, but it’s even better when you know you’ve given it your all. Always work and play as a team,” he urged.