On all the awards, offensive player, coach, defensive player, I struggled with two and sometimes three different candidates, went back and forth, changed my mind and then eventually made a decision. That was not the case for Player of the Year. Once Parker Orms of Wheat Ridge scored in the final seconds of the state championship game allowing his Farmers to bring home the 4A title, I knew Orms would be my pick for 2008 PrepColorado Player of the Year. Why not? Parker rushed for right at 3,000 yards and was a threat to score every time he touched the ball. All of this was accomplished as every opponent set their defense in an attempt to stop or at least limit Orms. It seems like the more defenses tried, the better Parker played. In playoffs, Orms raised his game to an even higher level as he averaged nearly 260 yards a game. His ultimate effort came in the championship game against a very good Greeley West team that had one of the best defenses in 4A. Even with the Spartans keying Orms all day, he still managed 280 yards and five scores.
As great as his offensive stats were this season, what sets Parker apart from other players is his complete game. Parker throws, catches and returns and can score in any of these formats. Also, I have argued before and will argue here that Parker is a better defensive back than running back. As a former high school d-coordinator and defensive back coach that had multiple players go D1 and a couple play pro , I feel Parker is one of the most instinctual safeties I have seen play the game at the high school level. His ability to cover the field, play man and zone, make tackles in space and come up with the big pick set him apart.
Parker is a winner as evidenced by his being a part of two state title teams in a three year period. Fans of good football in Colorado are winners as well as they get to see Parker play on for the home state Buffs. Look forward to seeing you play on Saturday. Congrats on a great high school career and thanks for letting us watch.