Five insights into running back Parris Lee, the leading rusher in Georgia State history. Lee ran eight times for 62 yards and two touchdowns against Shorter last Thursday. It looks like he’ll keep a prominent role in the backfield.
1. Lee came to Georgia State as a slot wide receiver after playing the position at Fletcher High in Jacksonville, Fla. In preseason training, after nearly a year of practice, Bill Curry moved him to running back.
“Coach said, ‘Would you like to play a little running back?’” Lee said Tuesday. “I said, ‘Sure.’ From that day on, it became natural. Just play football.”
2. Lee actually wanted to play running back – he played both slot and back in high school – but accepted his assignment and said he didn’t bug Curry or offensive coordinator John Bond about switching.
“I sit back and I play my role,” he said. “Whatever they ask me to do, I do it and I do it to the best of my ability.”
3. I remember one play in particular against Shorter, Lee patiently kept running parallel to the line of scrimmage, waiting for his block to get set up before turning upfield and gaining yards. Curry likes his instincts and vision. He said Tuesday that he was telling running backs coach Todd Perry that he needed to tell Rosevelt Watson where to run on a certain play and Sam Burkhalter where to run on another. But with Lee, he said he told Perry, “I don’t want you to say anything to Parris Lee. I just want you to hand him the ball.”
4. I imagine a player with Lee’s skill set has to intrigue Curry and Bond. A guy who can run and catch and can make yards on his own is not a bad piece in the puzzle. I can see him getting moved around a good bit.
5. Lee doesn’t have a Facebook account. I learned this after I asked him how many friend requests he’d gotten after his performance against Shorter. He said he had an account, but he closed it down. He said he’s trying to stay focused on football.
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