D1A Player of the Week: Parker Vincent

D1A Rugby: D1A Player of the Week: Parker Vincent
Photo Credit: Russ Rendon

BOULDER, Colo. – Baylor found itself in dire need of a rebound performance after a lackluster showing in Austin, Texas led to a 42-14 win for Texas A&M.The Bears got the effort and result they were hoping for in their 45-7 win over Texas Tech.

Baylor put seven players over the line for tries in the 38-point victory, including eight man Pete Hamm who bullied the Red Raider defense all afternoon. But it was the magical play of replacement fly half Parker Vincent that earns D1A Player of the Week recognition.

Vincent took over the No. 10 jumper after Santiago Locamuz has forced off the Bears’ opener against Oklahoma. Moving to first receiver from full back, there was a transition period, but Vincent played puppeteer to Baylor’s attack masterfully.

“He really commanded and organized the backline well all game long,” complimented Bears Head Coach Mason Hering. “We wanted to play a wider game against Texas Tech – stretching out the defense – and he was key in allowing us to do so.”

After setting up numerous tries with sleek offloads, Vincent decided to take one in himself on a long run in the second half.

A sophomore Biology major, Vincent had never played rugby prior to arriving on the Waco campus, but has picked up the game quicker than just about anyone his head coach has seen.

“He’s always been a great athlete with good instincts, but now the rugby IQ is coming along, allowing him to become more of a complete player,” described Hering. “He works really hard and is extremely coachable – which is showing in his play.”

Vincent and his teammates have an opportunity to even their Red River record to .500 Feb. 27 when the Bears host Texas.