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#30 Parker Orms
Position: Safety
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180
Year: Freshman
Hometown: Wheat Ridge, Colo.
High School: Wheat Ridge
Experience: High School
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AT COLORADO: 2013 (Sr.)-He started 10 games and played in 11 overall, missing the game against California after suffering a shoulder injury the previous week against Washington. He finished fifth on the team in tackles with 66 (51 solo, the third most), with two for losses along with three tackles for zero. He also had five third down stops and a pass deflection over the course of the season, in which he had two games with double figure tackles. He had 15, with 13 solo, against Arizona State and racked up 10 (eight solo) against Oregon. He was named the recipient of the team’s Hammer Award for the hardest legal hit of the year and also gathering in the Buffalo Heart Award, a fan award coordinated by those who “sit behind the bench” and exhibit those qualities of being the consummate team player. In the postseason, he played in the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl (all-star game), recording one solo tackle for the American team which beat the National squad, 20-3. He had a fine spring, with three tackles, three passes broken up and an interception he returned 31 yards for a touchdown in the four main scrimmages.

2012 (Jr.)-He played in 10 games, including nine starts: five at free safety, two at strong safety and two at the nickel position; he missed the Stanford and Arizona games after suffering a concussion against Oregon. He played 601 snaps from scrimmage, more than double his previous career total as he had battled injuries throughout, and recorded 52 tackles, 43 solo including four for losses. He also had three tackles for zero, five third down stops, two touchdown saves and a fumble recovery (at Southern California) to go with a team-high six pass deflections. He had a season-high 13 tackles (12 solo) in CU’s 35-34 win at Washington State, and also had seven (all solo) versus Sacramento State and six against both Arizona State and Oregon. He suffered a severe hamstring strain in the third practice of the spring and sat out the remainder of the sessions.

2011 (Soph.)-He saw action in six games, all starts, as he missed seven games due to a combination of injury and suspension. When he was in the lineup, his presence was felt (CU was 3-3 in games he played in); he finished the year with 39 tackles (25 solo) in 265 snaps from scrimmage. He had five third down stops, four touchdown saves, three pass deflections, two tackles for loss (which included a quarterback sack against California) and a quarterback hurry. He had a season-high 11 tackles against Colorado State (seven solo), and added 10 against Cal (five solo), seven at Hawai’i (four solo) and six at Arizona (five solo). He missed four games while fulfilling requirements to be reinstated to the team after being suspended for not adhering to obligations to be an active member of the program, though he was injured for what turned out to be three of those games. He did not participate in spring practices as he completed rehabilitation following knee surgery six months earlier.

2010 (Fr.-RS)-He had entered the fall third at free safety, but had a great camp and zoomed into the starting nickel back role. He did start the opener against Colorado State, but on the third play from scrimmage, he went down with a torn ACL and had season-ending surgery three weeks later on Sept. 24. Before he suffered the tear, which was non-contact (he was making cut), he did manage to record a quarterback pressure. He was also in the mix to return kicks. He won the Hale Irwin Award for being the most improved defensive back in spring practice. He led the team with 24 tackles (10 solo) in the three main spring scrimmages, along with team-bests of six tackles for loss (two quarterback sacks), five tackles for zero, four third down stops and three hurries (and tied for the team lead with two pass deflections). After arriving at CU just a tad over 160 pounds, he bulked up in the weight room and put 30 pounds of muscle on his frame.

2009 (Fr.)-Redshirted; practiced at safety the entire fall.

HIGH SCHOOL -He was selected as the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame High School Athlete of the Year for 2008. An All-Midlands performer by both SuperPrep and PrepStar as a senior, ranked as the No. 79 player in the region (the ninth defensive back) by SP with Rivals.com ranking him as the No. 87 safety in the nation (the second in Colorado, where he was pegged as the No. 10 ranked player in the state). He earned All-Colorado honors from both the Rocky Mountain News (as an athlete) and the Denver Post (at defensive back). Both newspapers also selected him first-team All-State (4A), the News at running back and the Post at safety; the News also tabbed him as the state’s offensive player of the year. He was a three-time All-State performer on defense, and earned All-West Metro League honors at both running back and safety as a senior (the league MVP on both sides of the ball) and All-Mountain Plains Conference honors as a junior on both offense and defense and as a sophomore (on defense). As a senior, he led the state in rushing with 2,813 yards on 274 carries (10.3 average per), scoring 32 touchdowns with a long run of 80 yards. Add to those numbers 15 receptions for 260 yards and three more scores (and a long of 70) and eight touchdowns on kick returns (five punt, three kickoff) with gaudy averages for each. He gained 100 or more yards in 12 games, 200-plus eight times and 300-plus once (his two sub-100 games came against very weak opponents and he was pulled from the game quickly; in one of those games, he carried twice for 81 yards and two TDs). On defense, he was in on 102 tackles (66 solo), with 12 passes broken up, four interceptions, four forced fumbles, three quarterback sacks and two recoveries. He returned two of the picks for touchdowns, giving him an overall total of 45 on the season. He did not allow any completions in man coverage. His junior year, he ranked 37th in the state with 1,290 rushing yards on 176 attempts (7.3) with 17 touchdowns, with 13 receptions for 102 yards and a score. He had nine games over 100 yards and one 200-yard effort. On defense, he racked up 75 tackles (50 solo) with four interceptions, one for touchdown. He had 37 carries for 269 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore, with seven receptions for 123 yards and a score, along with 57 tackles and five interceptions on defense. He finished his career with a school record 4,372 yards and 54 touchdowns rushing, with 21 games over 100 yards (and nine over 200). He was a three-year starter on offense (tailback, wide receiver) and defense (safety) and was the team’s punter his last two seasons. Top games as a senior included several in Wheat Ridge’s run for the state title, including the 35-31 win over Greeley West in the championship game when he was named the game’s most valuable player. He had 412 all-purpose yards, rushing 38 times for 275 yards, including the game winning 56-yard TD run on fourth-and-2 with 19 seconds left in the game. He scored all five of his team’s touchdowns and logged 137 kick return yards in earning ESPN/Rise National Player of the Week honors. In a 21-16 win the previous week over Dakota Ridge in the semifinals, he rushed 38 times for 210 yards and all three scores, including the game winner in the fourth quarter that snapped a 14-14 tie (thus, he scored all eight Wheat Ridge touchdowns in the semifinal and title games). In a first round win over Rock Canyon (59-27), he had 28 carries for a prep career best 350 yards and two scores, caught one pass for 30 yards and a score, and had another 77 yards on kick returns for 457 all-purpose. Top game as a junior was an overtime win over Standley Lake, when he rushed for 257 yards and four TD and had an interception in overtime to set up his team’s win. Under coach Reid Kahl, Wheat Ridge was 14-0 his senior year, 6-4 his junior season and 13-1 his sophomore campaign, winning the 4A state and West Metro League titles his senior year and the state crown and the Mountain Plains Conference championship his sophomore year. He also lettered three times each in basketball and baseball: playing point guard in hoops, he averaged 6.4 points, 4.8 assists and 3.9 steals per game as a senior, after owning marks of 5.4, 4.3 and 2.6, respectively, his junior year. †The Farmers’ centerfielder in baseball, he batted .325 as a junior all-league performer, with eight home runs, 24 runs batted in and 10 stolen bases; he repeated as an all-conference performer his senior year (.366, 6 HR, 12 SB). WRHS won league titles his sophomore and senior years and was the state runner-up in 2007 and third place finisher for 2009.

ACADEMICS-He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Colorado in December 2013. He earned Honor Roll status his sophomore through senior years, and was recognized as a Denver Post Student-Athlete of the Week and an 850 KOA/Denver Broncos IBM High School Hero of the Week.

PERSONAL-He was born April 12, 1991 in Denver. Hobbies include playing most sports and spending time with his local Christian youth group. An older brother, Dylan, played quarterback at Northern Colorado, where his mother, Katherine, lettered in softball in the mid-1970s. Two uncles played college football, Bill Korosec at Eastern Illinois (running back, EIU’s leading rusher in 1992) and Joe Korosec at Fort Lewis (linebacker, played for former CU head coach Gary Barnett in 1983-84).

Defense Tackles  
Season G Plays UT AT Total TFL Sacks 3DS Hurr FR FF PBU INT
2010 1 3 0 0 0 0- 0 0- 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2011 6 265 25 14 39 2- 9 1- 8 5 1 0 0 3 0
2012 10 601 43 9 52 4-13 0- 0 5 0 1 0 6 0
2013 11 654 51 15 66 2- 6 0-0 5 0 0 0 1 0
Totals 28 1523 119 38 157 8-28 1- 8 15 2 1 0 10 0
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