Parker, in his third year starting at running back, said he's not one to take full credit for the team's rushing success, though.
"Our line's great," he said. "They're huge, smart and fast. I love them to death."
This season, Parker should be joined by sophomore Shane Harless and junior Ryan Church to help spell the backfield burden.
"I think this coming year we will be a little bit more diversified," McClintic said. "We did not have a lot of weapons to use in our backfield (last season). We feel like this year, as far as running backs are concerned, we feel we'll be able to spread the load around a little bit more. That might not make Jake happy. He wants the football. That's his mentality. 'Don't worry about me getting hurt or getting tired.'"
Should the carries for Parker be fewer, he can take out his frustration on the opposing offense as he also starts at inside linebacker. Despite his offensive responsibilities and playing linebacker, McClintic said Parker rarely leaves the gridiron.
"We usually try to rest him a little bit and sit him on the kickoff or the extra point or something like that, but most of the time he's on the field," he said.
Parker's dedication to the weight room provides him the endurance to remain on the field.
"I think his strength (keeps him on the field)," McClintic said. "Usually during the football season, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Jake lifts with the team and then he stays after practice and he'll lift for 35, 40 minutes on his own."
In the weight room or on the field, it's hard to miss Parker, just don't tell that to opposing defenses.