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Parker Houston Career Stats
Physical tight end with a good football IQ ... Excellent blocker who plays bigger than his 6-3 frame ... Was on the two-deep most of his true freshman year in 2016 behind second-team all-conference pick David Wells, but did start four times and seven times in 2017 ... Also handles short snapping duties on PATs and field goals ... Is slated to start at tight end after spring drills.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2017)
Had six catches for 56 yards (9.3 avg.) with a long of 23 yards in seven starts and 13 games played on the season ... Earned the start at tight end in the opener vs. UC Davis with David Wells unable to go with an injury ... Had a career-long 23-yard catch ... Also started at Arizona State without finding the stat sheet ... Played off the bench vs. No. 19/19 Stanford without finding the stat sheet ... Started again at Air Force and vs. Northern Illinois, but did not record a stat ... Played statless time at UNLV off the bench ... Made an 11-yard reception off the bench against Boise State ... Followed that up with a 7-yard catch against Fresno State in a reserve role ... Had a catch for a third straight game at Hawai'i off the bench, but it went for a 2-yard loss ... Earned his fifth start of the season at San José State, but did not register a stat ... Tied a career high with two catches for 17 yards (8.5 avg.) with a long of 11 yards in a start vs. Nevada ... Played statless time off the bench vs. New Mexico ... Earned the start against Army West Point in the Armed Forces Bowl, but didn't find the stat sheet.
FRESHMAN (TRUE) SEASON (2016)
Was one of two players to be named the team's outstanding freshman ... Played in each of his final 10 games with four starts, making five catches for 32 yards (6.4 avg.) and a touchdown with a long of 14 yards, while handling short snapping duties on PATs and field goals ... Did not play in the opener vs. New Hampshire or the following week against California ... Did not see any action at Northern Illinois or at South Alabama, but was on the travel squad ... Logged his first career collegiate snaps against UNLV, mainly on special teams, but a little in offensive situations ... Was the team's short snapper on PATs and field goals as well ... Earned his first career start at tight end at Fresno State, making his first career catch - a 14-yarder ... Played again off the bench against San José State without finding the stat sheet ... Had a 5-yard grab in his second career start at Utah State ... Made another start vs. Hawai'i, but did not record a stat ... Came off the bench in front of his hometown crowd at Nevada, but did not find the stat sheet ... Had a career-high two catches for eight yards (4.0 avg.) at Wyoming, including a 3-yard touchdown ... The touchdown was the first of his career and came with no time left in the first half, giving SDSU a 17-10 lead ... Played off the bench vs. Colorado State, but did not find the stat sheet ... Earned his fourth start of the season in the MW Championship game at Wyoming, but did not record a stat ... Had a 5-yard grab in a reserve role vs. Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl.
A two-year letterwinner at Edward C. Reed High School in Sparks, Nev. ... Led the Raiders to a 24-5 (.828) record over his two seasons, including a 9-1 (.900) mark in league play ... Helped the Raiders capture a regional championship in 2015 (13-1, 5-0 league) and finish with their first regular season undefeated team since 1983 ... Caught 42 passes for 377 yards and six touchdowns as a senior and 40 catches for 525 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior ... Added 20 tackles on defense as a senior ... Was a two-time first-team all-league and all-region selection ... Also was a two-time all-state pick, including one first-team nod ... A three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout, and a two-star pick by 247sports ... Rivals and Scout ranks him as the No. 2 tight end in the state of Nevada ... Received a grade of 79 by Scout ... Also played basketball and baseball at Reed HS ... Also received offers from Idaho, Nevada and Toledo in the recruiting process.
Parker Houston was born Dec. 6, 1997, in Reno, Nev. ... Also received offers from Idaho, Nevada and Toledo in the recruiting process ... Is majoring in criminal justice.
Receptions: 2 vs. Nevada (11/18/17), at Wyoming (11/19/16)
Receiving Yards: 23 vs. UC Davis (9/2/17)
Receiving Touchdowns: 1 at Wyoming (11/19/16)
Long Reception: 23 vs. UC Davis (9/2/17)