Phil Parker deserves credit for Hawkeye defensive back draft streak

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An Iowa defensive back will likely be taken in the NFL Draft for the third-straight year. Much of the credit goes to Hawkeyes defensive coordinator Phil Parker, who has been able to identify and develop players in the secondary for the better part of his two decades in Iowa City.

“It’s the details,” said Amani Hooker, the former Iowa defensive back who is likely to be selected this year. “I mean, he doesn’t let anything slip away. If your foot is off a little bit, he’s gonna correct you regardless. If you get an interception, you’re not gonna get a congratulation until maybe if he talks to you individual. It’s just him stressing the details. Obviously, he appreciates me and understands my ability and he knows… he’s not gonna kiss my tail if you say that. He’s not letting me try and have a big head.” 

“Fundamentals. That’s what Phil Parker is,” ESPN NFL Analyst and former Hawkeye Matt Bowen said. “That’s what I learned in just one season with Phil Parker and I do believe he’s the best defensive back coach in the country. I’ll say that to anyone because of his ability to teach and his ability to develop players. What I mean by develop players is developing fundamentals. Your footwork, your eye discipline, your angles to the ball and your ability to finish.”

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2019 Hawkeyes (0-0)

DateOpponentTime/result
8/31/19Miami (Ohio)6:30 p.m.
9/7/19Rutgers11 a.m.
9/14/19at Iowa State3 p.m.
9/28/19Middle Tenn. St.TBA
10/5/19at Michigan11 a.m.
10/12/19Penn StateTBA
10/19/19Purdue11 a.m.
10/26/19at Northwestern11 a.m.
11/9/19at WisconsinTBA
11/16/19MinnesotaTBA
11/23/19IllinoisTBA
11/29/19at Nebraska1:30 p.m.