Two days after he added to his resume of records and milestones, St. Thomas senior running back Josh Parks on Monday was named MIAC Football Offensive Athlete of the Week. It was Parks' first honor of 2019 but third such honor in the last two seasons.
He also was named to the national team of the Week by D3football.com.
Parks tied a MIAC single-game record with five touchdowns in Saturday's 57-36 win over Gustavus, including a 52-yard scoring run and a 44-yard TD reception. That let him reach 60 touchdowns on his career. The last time a conference player scored five in one game was in 2014 when St. Thomas' Brenton Braddock scored five against Gustavus.
Parks rushed for 184 yards to surpass 4,000 career rush yards, and added 57 receiving yards for a 241-yard output. He needs 65 rushing yards this week against Bethel to break Ben Wartman's St. Thomas career rushing record (4.076 yards).
Parks has recorded 21 career 100-yard rushing performances; 20 career rushing/receiving gains of 35 or more yards; and the Toms are 19-4 in games on his career when he's rushed for 88 or more yards.
Parks leads all NCAA players over the last two seasons combined in yards per rush at just over 7.0 ypr. In those 18 games he's rushed 294 times for 2,379 yards and has 38 overall TDs. His 7.6 per-carry average this season ranks second in D-III. His 7.2 career average is in range of the D-III career record of 7.7. Parks fell just short of a D-III season record last fall at 8.4.
In the Oct. 26 win at Carleton, Parks reached 38 TDs in 27 MIAC games, to break a league record held by St. John's Sam Sura of 37 rushing touchdowns in MIAC games. His total is now at 41 rushing TDs. In all game stats, only SJU's Blake Elliott (78) has recorded more career touchdowns in all games played.
Parks rushed 13 times for 147 yards in the St. John's loss with TDs of 32 and 67 yards. In four career games against the Johnnies, he's gained 541 yards with seven touchdowns. SJU has only allowed opposing backs four rushing days of more than 85 yards in its last 32 games (two by Parks).
In six career postseason games, Parks has rushed for 519 yards on 102 carries, scored five TDs and has 56 receiving yards (4-2 record, losses to 2016 and 2017 NCAA runners-up).