Red River Player of the Month – October: Parker Vincent

D1A Rugby: Red River Player of the Month – October: Parker Vincent

LAFAYETTE, Colo. – The Red River season is split between the fall and spring, so October wasn’t the busiest month for the conference. Still, two teams from the Southwest are off to a 2-0 start – Baylor and Texas A&M.

After winning the Red River 7s competition and finishing its 15s season on a high note, the Aggies were expected to come out of the gates in solid form. Baylor’s 2-0 record, on the other hand, has opened a few eyes, and Red River’s Player of the Month Parker Vincent is a big reason why.

Although the junior Biology major didn’t record a try in the Bears’ wins over Texas Tech and Arkansas, he’s done a tremendous job distributing the ball and kicking from the tee in his first full season at fly half after playing full back a season ago.

“At No. 10, you really have to organize the team and manage the flow of the game,” explained Baylor Head Coach Mason Hering. “It’s a lot more cerebral than reactionary. We worked really hard over the summer preparing him for the switch and it’s paying dividends early on in this season.”

Vincent was a clutch three-for-four on conversions in a three-point win over Texas Tech, and against Arkansas he connected on two penalty kicks before showing great composure when he slotted a game-winning drop goal with only seconds remaining in the match.

“There’s been no bigger improvement with Parker than the emergence of his accurate kicking game,” Hering added. “His boot has been one of the big reasons we’ve been winning these close matches. He’s got a really carefree and loose personality, which seems to be a big help when kicking under pressure.”

Vincent and the Bears return to the pitch Nov. 12 when they travel to Norman, Okla., to take on the Sooners.

Rugby East Player of the Month – Jon Kim, Army

Big Ten Player of the Month – Bryce Campbell, Indiana