Pacen Parker is a 6-4, 215-pound senior defensive end for the Stephenville Yellow Jackets who has been on varsity since being moved up in time for the playoffs his freshman year.
After his junior season, when he helped lead the Jackets to the 2017 state semifinals and a 12-3 season record as a starter, Parker earned honorable mention all-state from the Texas Associated Press Sports Editors.
Parker has also excelled in track and field for the Jackets. Last spring, he was on all three of the Jackets’ area-qualifying relay teams (400-meter, 800-meter and 1,600-meter). He, along with Krece Nowak, Travis Wayland and former Yellow Jacket Cole Pettit, qualified for the Region I-4A meet in the 800 relay.
The E-T recently caught up with Parker, offering five questions to get to know him a little better:
E-T: What is your second-favorite sport, after football, and why?
Pacen: “I ran summer track. I just like going out and competing. (In track) there aren’t any ties. When you cross the finish line, you know who’s best.”
E-T: What is your favorite subject in school?
Pacen: “History. I like to learn about the past and where we came from. It’s just important to know how everything is the way it is now.”
E-T: Do you have plans for college?
Pacen: “I’m probably going to go to Tarleton and stay in Stephenville. I’ll probably end up walking on (for football at TSU) if they don’t offer me anything.”
E-T: What do you think you might major in?
Pacen: “Criminal justice. When I was little, I used to watch 'Cops' all the time. It just always interested me, hearing sirens and seeing the badge and guns, helping people."
E-T: What would be your ideal occupation?
Pacen: “Federal agent, like the FBI. That’s way on down the road. From there, I’d probably go on to being a private investigator.”