Expected to make headlines for his immediate impact on the field, a touted member of Oklahoma’s most recent recruiting class is instead making negative news off of it.
According to multiple media outlets, defensive back Steven Parker was arrested last weekend and charged with public intoxication. Parker’s arrest came at the hands of Norman police at around 1:30 a.m. local time Sunday.
The Oklahoman stated that, according to the arrest report, Parker was found by police laying near what was described as a “pool of vomit.” From the paper:
When the officer approached, Parker woke up but immediately upon standing fell over backwards, the report said. Parker admitted to drinking vodka, was sweating and his speech was slurred.
Shortly after he was released from jail, Parker apologized via Twitter for the incident.
As far as any type of punishment from the team, the Norman Transcript writes that “OU coach Bob Stoops has typically dealt with incidents like Parker’s internally.”
The school is aware of Parker’s situation.
A four-star member of the Sooners’ 2014 class, Parker was rated as the No. 6 safety in the country and the No. 1 player at any position in the state of Oklahoma. Last week, Stoops was quoted as stating that Parker will “be fighting for a starting job” when summer camp opens in early August.
The polls are meaningless. Especially any poll that isn’t the College Football Playoff top 25 and even then, as the TCU learned late last season, even the penultimate ranking is as meaningless as the paper they’re metaphorically written on.
Still, they’re catnip to college football fans and observers. Place them in front of us and we can’t help but gnaw on them.
And with that said, a bit of milestone was reached in Sunday’s Associated Press Top 25, as the SEC was completely shut out of the top five.
That group breaks down as follows:
- Ohio State
- Michigan State
An SEC free top five hasn’t happened in nearly five full years; October 10, 2010 was the last time such a thing occurred. Oddly enough, two of the same five culprits occupied that ranking as well:
- Ohio State
- Boise State
Underscoring the lesson of the first paragraph, eventual national champion Auburn checked in at No. 6. Those Tigers moved up a spot the following week and never looked back.
None of this means anything at all, until it does. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have some fun along the way.
After battling to get on the field throughout the season’s first five weeks, Georgia is shutting down inside linebacker Reggie Carter for the rest of the year, Dawgs head coach Mark Richt confirmed Sunday evening.
Carter fought shoulder problems throughout the year, and saw action in only one of Georgia’s first five games. A junior, Carter will be eligible for a medical redshirt.
The Snellville, Ga., native recorded 28 tackles in 12 appearances in 2014 and eight tackles in eight appearances as a freshman in 2013. UAB transfer Jake Ganus started in the spot many pegged to Carter before injure ruptured his season.
Carter totaled two stops in one appearance this season.