Derek Parish is entering his redshirt senior year as a member of the Houston Cougars football team this fall. He an animal.
Although the Texas-native plays primarily as a defensive end, he has played linebacker, fullback and all over the defensive line throughout his career. The former three-star recruit committed to the Cougars as a linebacker, but has been a Jack of all trades because he is such a freak athlete.
At 6-foot-2, 245 pounds, Parish is built like a boulder. He started all 14 games in 2021 at defensive end and earned Second Team All-American Athletic Conference honors with 56 tackles (26 solo), 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks.
Parish is a menace for opposing offensive linemen.
Derek Parish uses his hands well to get around the edge, and D'Anthony Jones there to clean it up if needed. Houston dominated Tulane's tackles Thursday pic.twitter.com/41NjtlNg0v
— Joe Broback (@joebroback) October 13, 2020
And you better not let him get loose, because he will burn you in the other direction. As a former fullback, he isn’t just a big lug— he has wheels.
— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) November 14, 2020
Parish is expected to return to his starting role on the defensive line this fall. He will be a crucial component to Houston’s success in the pass rush.
To prepare for the 2022 season, what could be Parish’s last on the collegiate level, he is in the weight room getting big. Well, even bigger than he already was.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Cougars shared a peek at their team workouts, specifically Parish’s. His teammates gathered around him and went absolutely bonkers as he proceeded to put up a personal-best 425-pound power clean. It is an adrenaline rush, take a look:
This man @ParishDerek is BUILT DIFFERENT.
— Houston Football (@UHCougarFB) July 13, 2022
Parish lifted 1.73 times his body weight and did so in style. Opposing tackles will not be happy to see him across the line of scrimmage this fall.