ESPN Freshman All-American as a reserve in 2020 who earned the starting right tackle role entering his sophomore year in 2021 and transitioned to guard during fall camp in 2022 ... enters 2024 having played 2,107 career snaps over 39 games (28 starts) ... two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection.
ESPN Freshman All-American as a reserve in 2020 who earned the starting right tackle role entering his sophomore year in 2021 and transitioned to guard during fall camp in 2022 … enters 2024 having played 2,107 career snaps over 39 games (28 starts) … two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection.
2023: Limited by injury to 123 offensive snaps over two games (both starts) … played 73 snaps in season debut at Duke, helping the Tigers exceed both 200 passing yards and 200 rushing yards … played 50 snaps as Clemson amassed 679 yards of offense and 37 first downs vs. Charleston Southern … suffered a season-ending injury in that contest.
2022: Fourth-team All-ACC selection by Phil Steele … started all 13 games in which he appeared, playing 916 offensive snaps, the fifth-most in a season by any Clemson guard all-time … All-ACC Academic Team selection … played 69 snaps in a 31-point victory at Georgia Tech … played 55 snaps vs. Furman as DJ Uiagalelei set a new career high in passer rating … played 58 snaps in paving the way for 280 rushing yards and 241 passing yards vs. Louisiana Tech … played every offensive snap at No. 21 Wake Forest, powering Clemson to 559 yards in a double-overtime victory … played 63 snaps in a sack-free performance by Clemson’s offensive line vs. No. 10 NC State … played all 64 snaps at Boston College … played 68 snaps at Florida State as Clemson did not commit a turnover for the third time in four games … played 86 snaps vs. No. 14 Syracuse as the Tigers rushed for a season-high 293 yards and leaned on the ground game to overcome an 11-point fourth-quarter deficit in the win … played all 70 offensive snaps at Notre Dame … played 78 snaps in helping Clemson exceed 200 yards both on the ground and through the air vs. Miami (Fla.) … played 68 snaps in Clemson’s 237-yard rushing performance vs. South Carolina … played 42 snaps for a unit that held No. 24 North Carolina without a sack during Cade Klubnik’s MVP performance in the ACC Championship Game … credited with 105 snaps in the Orange Bowl vs. No. 6 Tennessee.
2021: Was one of only four offensive or defensive players to start all 13 games for Clemson, as he played 869 snaps while starting all 13 contests at right tackle … All-ACC Academic Team selection … played 67 snaps vs. No. 5 Georgia in first career start … played 51 snaps vs. SC State as Clemson exceeded both 200 rushing yards and 200 passing yards … played 70 plays vs. Georgia Tech, Clemson’s second straight game allowing zero sacks … played 53 snaps at NC State … played 66 snaps in helping power Clemson to 231 rushing yards and 207 passing yards vs. Boston College … played 67 snaps in a Friday night win at Syracuse … played 65 snaps at No. 23 Pitt … played 76 snaps and helped pave the way for Will Shipley’s 128 rushing yards in a comeback win vs. Florida State … played all 70 snaps at Louisville as Clemson recorded a fourth-quarter comeback win in back-to-back weeks for the first time since 1974 … played 77 of Clemson’s 100 plays and earned offensive player of the game honors after helping the Tigers exceed 300 passing yards vs. UConn … played 69 snaps vs. No. 13 Wake Forest as Clemson’s offensive line shared team offensive players of the game honors with Kobe Pace after the Tigers produced season highs in total yards (543) and rushing yards (333) while allowing zero sacks … played 64 snaps at South Carolina in helping Clemson both exceed 250 rushing yards and allow zero sacks in a second straight game … played 74 snaps vs. Iowa State as Clemson extended its streak of consecutive 10-win seasons to 11.
2020: Carved out a key reserve role as a true freshman, garnering Freshman All-America honors from ESPN.com after playing 199 snaps over 11 games and helping Clemson lead the ACC as the only team to allow fewer than two sacks per game … played 26 snaps in collegiate debut at Wake Forest … played 24 snaps in Clemson’s shutout win vs. The Citadel … played three snaps vs. Virginia … played eight snaps vs. No. 7 Miami … played 48 snaps at Georgia Tech … played nine snaps vs. Syracuse … played 14 snaps vs. No. 4 Notre Dame … played 35 snaps vs. Pitt, helping protect Trevor Lawrence during his 403-yard passing performance … played eight snaps at Virginia Tech … played 14 snaps and produced a memorable de-cleating block in ACC Championship Game vs. No. 2 Notre Dame … played 10 snaps in Sugar Bowl vs. No. 3 Ohio State.
ACC Champs 😁 pic.twitter.com/oAirbzdJVC— walker (@walkerparks64) December 21, 2020
ACC Champs 😁 pic.twitter.com/oAirbzdJVC
— walker (@walkerparks64) December 21, 2020
Before Clemson: Played for Brian Landis at Frederick Douglass High in Lexington, Ky., where the two-year captain did not allow a sack in 15 games as a senior … first-team all-state and earned 5A district player of the year … added 32 tackles, including 11.5 tackles for loss with 6.5 sacks … unanimous top-100 player nationally … during the early signing period, Rivals.com ranked Parks as the No. 59 best player in the nation, eighth-best at his position and the No. 2 player in Kentucky … was listed as the 63rd-best overall player, eighth-best offensive tackle and best player in Kentucky by PrepStar … ranked as the No. 71 overall player by 247Sports, seventh-best at his position and second-best in the state of Kentucky … ranked as No. 89 overall player in the nation by ESPN.com, the 13th-best offensive tackle and second-best player in Kentucky … committed to Clemson on Oct. 2, 2018 … recruited to Clemson by Robbie Caldwell.
Personal: Born Oct. 19, 2001 … criminal justice major who enrolled at Clemson in the summer of 2020 … completed a microinternship at Segars Ranch in Montana in spring 2022 … was Clemson’s first signee from Kentucky since Justin Miller in 2002 … three-time ACC Honor Roll selection (2020-22).
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