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The 2018 American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year – Micah Parsons

Written by: on Saturday, January 6th, 2018. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


The U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee honors defensive end Micah Parsons (Harrisburg High School/Harrisburg, PA) as the 2018 American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year, given annually to the nation’s most outstanding defensive player. The announcement was made at the U.S. Army All- American Bowl Awards Show tonight in San Antonio, on the eve of the 18th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance.

The 6-foot-3 Parsons often looked, and played, like a man among boys during his senior campaign with the Harrisburg Cougars. He racked up 245 tackles and 41.5 career sacks – figures that only told part of the story of Parsons’ dominance and versatility. The Penn State commit has good size and ability for his position, and due to his high IQ Parsons is quick to react against the run and the pass. His athleticism will make him versatile at the next level.

This is the seventh year for the American Family Insurance Defensive Player of the Year Award. Past winners include Washington Redskins rookie Kendall Fuller and Georgia Bulldogs freshman Trenton Thompson.

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