Auburn football quick hit: Ricky Parks 'getting work' since rejoining Tigers

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comApril 10, 2014 

AUBURN, Ala.Ricky Parks, who rejoined the Tigers this spring as a walk-on, is continuing to fight for playing time at both tight end and H-back.

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee declined to give too much detail on the third-year sophomore's progress, though.

"Ricky is just trying to handle Ricky’s business," he said after Thursday's practice. "He’s out there every day and he’s getting work. We’ll see how that plays out."

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was similarly tight-lipped about the Callaway (Ga.) High School product following last Saturday's scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"He's out there and there's some things he's done well," he said.

Parks came to Auburn in its 2012 recruiting class. As the Tigers struggled to a 3-9 record that fall, Parks watched from the sideline while redshirting. His 2013 campaign ended before it began, as he was dismissed from the team on the first day of fall camp for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He quickly transferred to Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Miss. Appearing in six games for NMCC last fall, Parks had six receptions for 59 yards and two touchdowns.

In January, Parks matriculated back to Auburn.

“He’s walking on and we’re going to give him an opportunity to prove himself,” Malzahn said at the time.

Listed as a tight end on the team's official roster, Parks is also one of the candidates vying to replace Jay Prosch at H-back. And while the coaches have kept their comments on Parks close to the vest, his teammates are glad he's back.

"Everybody was already friends with him," senior running back Corey Grant said earlier this spring. "... It’s like he never left, really.”

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