Parker Davis, a running back for the Sacred Heart Cougar football team, has been chosen as one of 60 eighth-grade football players in the nation to play in the first-ever Football University Youth All-American Bowl, which will take place Jan. 4, 2009 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.


Parker Davis, a running back for the Sacred Heart Cougar football team, has been chosen as one of 60 eighth-grade football players in the nation to play in the first-ever Football University Youth All-American Bowl, which will take place Jan. 4, 2009 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
    Davis racked up 998 rushing yards on 67 carries during the 2008 football season, in which the Cougars went 7-0. He ended the year with 1,748 total yards and scored 26 touchdowns.
    "I was really happy — just real excited," Davis said of finding out the news that he had been chosen to play in the inaugural Youth All-American Bowl. He and his father, Lloyd, who is part of the Cougar football coaching staff, submitted highlight clips to SportsLink, the company that produces the U.S. Army All-American Bowl for high school football players as part of the entry process.
    "It was a very proud moment for us," said Lloyd of his son's achievement. "I've been able to watch his skills develop since he started youth ball here in the third grade. Parker is just a very self-motivated person."
    The first participant selected for the Youth Bowl was Ray Lewis III, son of nine-time Pro-Bowl Baltimore Raven linebacker Ray Lewis. Once selected, players can be profiled in Sports Illustrated for Kids as All-Americans according to a news release from Football University.
    As a part of the week's festivities in San Antonio, former NFL players and coaches will be available to tutor and mentor the youth football players who make the teams. Football University is an invitation-only camp for elite-level youth and prep players focusing on teaching technical skills in a small-group setting under professional tutelage of former NFL players and coaches according to the release.
    Parker added that he was especially looking forward to meeting coach Herman Boone during his week in San Antonio. Boone is the former head coach at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia. The book and motion picture "Remember the Titans" were based on his teams.
    Despite the accolades, Parker keeps an even keel about his future in football. He knows he has four years ahead of him to help his high school team win games and get things done on the next level.
    "You just have to keep in a straight line," Parker said of his football mentality. "It's a personal decision."