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Oberlin's Outstanding Quarterback

With eight school records and one conference record to his credit, senior James Parker is one of the most prolific passers in Oberlin football history.

Raised in Vermillion, Ohio, he honed his athletic interest at nearby Firelands High School. At Oberlin, he not only finds time to devote to the sport, but has seesawed between psychology and economics as a career path, majoring in both subjects.

He thinks now that he will go on for a graduate degree in cognitive psychology. "I'd like to use this kind of knowledge with marketing or advertising firms," he said. "Knowing what makes people tick is a real asset in those fields." James is just now beginning to make time to apply to graduate schools; his hours on the practice fields have taken precedence.

Knowing what makes people tick may account for his outstanding performance on the field. His 40 completions against Kenyon College this season set a conference record. In three-and-a-half seasons, Parker has more passing yards (4,393) completions (472) and attempts (986) than any Oberlin quarterback. He also holds single-game records for yards (316) completions (40) and attempts (53). He also owns Oberlin's single-season high marks for completions (160) and attempts (330), and he led the Yeomen to their first victory in five years [See 30 Minutes to Play"].


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