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Monday, February 2, 2009
FSU's Parker dismissed

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Florida State wide receiver Preston Parker has been dismissed from the team, and while it's unfortunate Parker's career ended this way, it was the right move by coach Bobby Bowden. Even Bowden, who has earned a reputation for giving players second chances, has a limit, and Parker finally pushed it.

In 2008, Parker led all wide receivers with 40 catches, and was second on the team with 372 receiving yards and had two touchdowns. He's a versatile athlete who helped the Noles out at running back, and returned kicks, but as far as Florida State athletes go, Parker had an average season. He seemed to play his best in the last five games of the regular season.

The loss of Parker and senior receiver Greg Carr will hurt the position's depth and experience, but the team has young talent at the receiver position, and much like how Virginia Tech survived without Branden Ore in 2008, the Noles will survive without Parker in 2009. Taiwan Easterling and Bert Reed have good foundations to build on.

Florida State officials and Bowden won't have any further comment on this incident, and really there isn't any need to say much more. Bowden already made the statement he had to, and Parker didn't leave him much of a choice in the matter.