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Football Player of the Year: East Hall QB had work ethic to match great passing numbers
Austin Parker threw for more than 2,700 yards for Vikings in 2016
East Hall High quarterback Austin Parker prepares to throw a pass against Johnson on Sept. 9 in Gainesville. - photo by Erin O. Smith
When Austin Parker visited the trainers to get his ribs iced, East Hall football coach Bryan Gray would pack his quarterback’s equipment on a cart and sent it back to the locker room. Parker had suffered a rib injury while weightlifting in late August and tried to play through it that weekend against Chestatee. A bye week awaited the Vikings before their next game against Johnson, giving the junior signal-caller extra time to rest an injury that severely hindered his throwing motion.
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