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Ben Parks 40

Ben  Parks


Argyle, Texas

High School:
Argyle HS

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 210




Baylor, Washington Postgame Notes

No. 12 Baylor 67, Washington 56


Football Places 10 on Academic All-Big 12

RG3, Jackson, Najvar, Ritchey and Wolfe earn first-team honors

2008 12 39-44 88.6 6-9 66.7 57
2009 12 17-18 94.4 4-8 50.0 29
2010 13 0-0 -- 0-0 -- 0
Career 37 56-62 90.3 10-17 58.8 86


Four-year place-kicker played in 47 of 50 games in career... Former place-kicker rotated on kickoff duties during latter part of career... 10th in Baylor history with 56 career PAT kicks made... 2010 & 2011 second-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree.

2011 (Senior): Played in 10 of 13 games as primary kickoff specialist... Averaged 62.9 yards on 51 kickoffs, with 13 touchbacks... Did not play at Kansas State, vs. Texas Tech or in win over Washington State in Alamo Bowl... Named second-team Academic All-Big 12 for second straight season.

2010 (Junior): Played all 13 games as kickoff specialist... Averaged 58.5 yards on 74 kickoffs, with 11 touchbacks... Earned second-team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

2009 (Sophomore): Primary kickoff specialist played all 12 games and shared place-kicking duties as sophomore in 2009 to earn second letter... Hit 17-of-18 PATs, 4-of-8 field goals and totaled five tackles on season... Averaged 61.2 yards on kickoffs with six touchbacks... Named to Academic All-Big 12 second team and fall 2009 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... Kicked all field goals and PATs for season's first eight games, handled kickoffs for entire season... Hit one (of three attempted) field goal and 3-of-3 PATs in season-opening win at Wake Forest... Scored season-high seven points in win over Kent State in fourth game: hit only FG (26-yarder) and perfect 4-for-4 on PATs... Hit season-long 41-yard field goal (1 of 2 made) vs. Nebraska in eighth game... Had multiple (two) touchbacks in back-to-back games at Missouri (ninth game) and vs. No. 2 Texas (10th game)... Averaged season-high 69.2 yards on four kickoffs vs. Texas Tech in season finale at Cowboys Stadium.

2008 (True Freshman): True freshman first-string kicker in all 12 games to earn first letter in 2008... Kicked 44 of Baylor's 45 PAT attempts on season (made 39) and all nine field goal attempts (made six)... 39 extra-point kicks ranks second all-time on BU's single-season chart... Handled 64 of 65 kickoffs on season, averaged 56.0 yards on kickoffs and made four touchbacks... Season percentages: field goals (6-9) 66.7%, PATs (39-44) 88.6%... One of six true freshmen to play for Baylor in 2008... Selected to spring 2009 Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll... Made first career field goal in win over Northwestern State in second game, a 20-yarder in the first quarter... Perfect on career-high six PAT attempts in win over Washington State in third game... Perfect on six kicks (5-5 PATs and 1-1 field goal) in win over Iowa State in sixth game... Perfect on seven kicks in win over Texas A&M in 11th game, 5-for-5 on PATs and 2-for-2 field goals... Career performance vs. A&M, with career-best 11 points scored, career-long 42-yard field goal, only multiple field goal game of season (two), and only multiple touchback game (two)... Beat out incumbent starting placekicker Shea Brewster during 2008 fall drills.

High School:  Argyle High School, Argyle, Texas... Two-time, first-team Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State place-kicker also punted and played linebacker as senior... Rated nation's 26th-best place-kicker by Hit 11-of-17 field goals and 57-of-60 PATs as senior for 10-3 District 8-3A champion Eagles... Also earned 2007 second-team Texas Sports Writers Association Class 3A All-State honors as punter after averaging 37.8 yards per kick and placing 16 of 31 punts inside the 20... 2008 Oil Bowl participant and Class 3A honorable mention THSCA academic all-state selection... Unanimous all-district pick as kicker in final prep season and also earned 2007 first-team all-district recognition as punter... Also earned first-team all-area honors as senior... As junior, earned first-team Class 3A All-State honors from both The Associated Press and Texas Sports Writers Association after making 34 PATs and connecting on 6-of-8 field goals with long of 49 yards... Coached by Todd Rodgers at District 8-3A school.

Personal:  Son of John and Kim Parks, Benjamin Andrew Parks was born Oct. 16, 1989, in Dallas, Texas... Majoring in health science studies.

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