After beginning the season with a pair of losses, Woodbridge (Va.) High outside linebacker/running back and Syracuse commit Darius Parson adopted a bigger leadership role.
The 6-foot-2, 227-pound Parson said the first two games were because of a poor effort, and that changed this past weekend when Woodbridge shutout Granby High (Norfolk, Va.) 20-0 for its first win.
“I think it was a lack of effort, a lack of focus,” Parson said. “Everyone needed to give more effort. I (tried) to keep things positive and focused, and tried to make everyone better at practice. I let them know we have to get better. I guess it’s staying focused and remind them it’s a long season.”
“Last year we came out thinking we could walk on field and beat everyone. That’s not the case. We can’t do that.”
Although Parson’s main focus is on his season, he is able to keep an eye on the Orange.
“I watched the first game against Wake Forest,” he said.” They look pretty good. I think I could fit pretty good playing middle linebacker there.”
Parson had five tackles in the win against Granby, and has 23 tackles in three games. But he has also made an impact running the ball, including rushing for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
In the offseason, Parson added nearly 15 pounds of muscle, and he can tell the affects of it.
“To be honest, I think I’m getting a lot stronger and faster,” Parson said. “I’ve grown as a linebacker. I can get through two offensive linemen and shield off of a player and get to the tackle. I work down field a lot better and get down the field and make plays.”