Parsons figures to be a contributor on the offensive line in 2008
As a freshman in 2006, Alex Parsons played on the defensive line and was named the Service Team Defensive Player of the Year. In 2007, Parsons was asked to switch to offensive tackle, where he played in all games as a special teams player. He was also a backup player on the offensive line.
In 2008, Parsons should see playing time on the offensive line. Parsons is capable of playing offensive guard, tackle and center.
SCPlaybook caught up with Parsons, who shared his thoughts about the upcoming year. Parsons is playful, funny and insightful. Read his comments in this Q & A session with Clay de Leon.
What do you think your role will be on the team?
"It's basically where they are going to put me, we're not even sure yet. It's up for grabs right now. It's open, wherever I fit in best."
What do you think about where you fit in?
"The guard or tackle spot will probably be the best spot for me. I've got a bigger body. I know center, if they need me, I can do it. (Kristofer) O'Dowd and probably Mike (Reardon) are probably the centers. I'm very comfortable with the o-line now."
What have you been doing this summer?
"I'm probably an expert ‘hanger-outer,' I'm not doing much. I probably play video games and just watch TV at home. I'm done with summer school. I did the first session of summer school and I'm done. I'm just doing some camps down in Orange County."
"I stay up here, I've got an apartment with Jeff Byers. Jeff's been real sick lately, but we just kind of ‘pick' on everybody in the house. We just have a good time. There's four of us in the house, it's me, Jeff, Nick Garratt and Garrett Nolan. Jeff hasn't been out here for a while, but he's been doing better."
"This is my third year, I'll have one more year."
Let's have some fun, what are your goals for the summer?
"Goals for the summer…ummmm…get a nice tan. It's overcast today, I was going to the pool, but, I can't get a tan right now. I was working out and taking my midmorning, midafternoon naps."
Maybe you should go down to Orange County, maybe there's more sun down there.
"I don't know, the gas prices are too high, I can't get down there…"
And what are your goals for the year?
"To start, that's my main goal, you know? We're trying to win it all. Have a good time, that's about it."
Tell me something good.
"I'm not a big jokester, but I like picking on people. We have a good time, our offensive line, we have a good time in the meeting room."
Who do you like to pick on? What about the freshmen?
"I like to pick on everyone. Ah, freshmen-wise, I like to pick on Khaled Holmes, Matt Meyer is always an easy target, some of the walk-on guys, one of the guy looks like ‘Beans' from ‘Even Stevens'… I don't know his name…I just walk around and call him ‘Beans.' I like to pick on Nick Garratt a lot and Garrett Nolan. Jeff, Jeff's always easy to pick on."
"But it's always the guys who have comebacks, they're always fun to pick on. The guys who have comebacks, it's more fun…thinking of new stuff. Other than that, the guys just take it and laugh it off, we tend to do it a little bit more because they don't do anything…"
Are you out here every day?
"Every day. Offensive line is out here at 6:00 am, so if you can't catch us here, then, we're in trouble."
Does Coach Carlisle work you guys hard?
"We have a good time with him. We like picking on him too. Everybody's ‘free game,' we get on Carlisle, he gets on us. It's a nice environment right now. We work hard and everything, but we're having fun out here."
Now this being your third year, have you decided on a major yet?
"I'm a sociology major right now."
What's your goal for when you graduate from USC?
"I wish I knew. That would get my mom off my back (chuckle). If I knew, I'd be a lot calmer. I have no idea right now. "
The next level? The Pros?
"If I have the opportunity, I would love to play in the pros. Right now I'm just having a good time out here."
"We're just having fun out here. You see guys laughing and joking. We're serious about the game, but we like picking on each other and kinda have a lay-back feel."
Fall camp starts up in a short while.
"We report on August 5th. I don't think anyone's going to be ready. I walk by the dorm everyday and just look at it. I just say, ‘nope, I'm not ready yet, nope, not ready.' It's a totally different feel when you get into camp. We're kinda having fun right now, but when we get to camp, nobody really talks to each other."
"You just get that look, straight face, no emotion, barely blink. It's pretty much sad (chuckle)."
"Yeah…we'll take it one week at a time like we always do. Not look too far ahead. We're having a good time right now, and that's really all we can think of. We get about 5 days off, from the 29th, then we have to report on the 5th. It's going to be a nice break."
What are you going to do on your break? Go to the beach?
"Get a nice little tan. As soon as you get to camp, you get that ‘camp tan.' Your ‘shoulder pad tan' and your ‘knee brace tan' my leg hair here, doesn't grow back in the same spot where my knee braces are. You get that tan and people say, ‘what's wrong with you?' I play football.
Looking forward to fall camp with Alex Parsons and the rest of the Trojans.