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Football's Josh Parks makes AFCA All-America team

Photo by Caleb Williams, D3Photgraphy.com
Photo by Caleb Williams, D3Photgraphy.com

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AFCA news release

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St. Thomas senior running back Josh Parks is among 50 players named to the 2019 Division III All-America team by the American Football Coaches' Association (AFCA).

Parks is a second-team selection. He was a 2018 All-America selection by D3football.com, and that 2019 honor team will be announced later in December.

Parks was earlier named MIAC Player of the Year, and is among 12 national finalists for the Gagliardi Trophy as Division III's top player, citizen and scholar.

This marks the sixth time in the 12-season Glenn Caruso era that a Tommie running back received All-America honors. This decade alone, St. Thomas Football has had 25 different players receive All-America honors from either D3football.com, AFCA or the Associated Press.

This also marks the 12th time in the last 13 seasons that St. Thomas Football has at last one All-America or Academic All-America honoree.

 

Josh Parks/Career Highlights

  • Practiced but didn't play one season as walk-on with Division I Minnesota Gophers
  • Played four seasons (41 games) at St. Thomas, helped team build 39-7 record; win three solo or shared conference championships; make two NCAA playoff appearances; ranked in D-III top 25 all four seasons
  • 2019 MIAC Player of the Year
  • 2018 D3football.com All-American
  • Set school records for touchdowns (60) and rushing yards (4,180)… averaged 112 ypg all-purpose yards on career
  • Broke conference record for most rushing TDs in MIAC games (45)
  • Had 22 career 100-plus yard rushing days despite being co-starter his first two seasons
  • Recorded two of the five 100-plus yard rushing games allowed by top-10 ranked St. John's over the Johnnies' last 45 games
  • Recorded one of the two 100-plus yard rushing games allowed by top-10 ranked Bethel over the Royals' last 30 games
  • Team was 20-5 in games when Parks rushed for 88 or more yards
  • Had 20 career rushing or receiving gains of 35 or more yards
  • Had at least one 100-plus yard rushing game against all eight MIAC opponents over his last two seasons
  • Rushed for 519 yards on 102 carries, scored five TDs and had 56 receiving yards in six career NCAA playoff games (4-2 record, losses to 2016 and 2017 NCAA runners-up)
  • Had career-best 256 yards on 22 carries with three touchdowns against 12-1 St. John's in 2018
  • His 92-yard scoring run at SJU broke a school record for longest scoring run
  • Gained 98 rushing yards in the second half (114 on game) at Gustavus to help team rally from 13-0 down to 14-13 win in 2018
  • Averaged 8.4 yards a carry in 2018 (D-III record is 8.9 yards)
  • Rushed for 17 touchdowns, averaged 126 rushing yards a game, threw one TD pass in 2018 despite playing just two quarters in five of his 10 contests