Chances are if you follow college football, you've heard the name, Micah Parsons. He is an All-American, after all.
Still, unless you watch Penn State on a weekly basis, you may not understand exactly how good Parsons is at football. His stats in 2019 were strong but didn't necessarily jump off of the page when compared to some of the others across the country. But when you watch him play, you understand how truly dominant he is.
Against Memphis, on what was arguably the biggest stage Penn State played on in 2019, Parsons found a new gear. The true sophomore, who is still learning the position, was an absolute monster who will forever haunt the dreams of anyone associated with Memphis. The superstar outside linebacker finished the day with a stat line straight out of a video game – 14 tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups, and two near interceptions. The second of which would have gone back the other way for six.
Parsons was already primed for a gigantic 2020 season as a true junior. This performance, however, has him ready to ascent to a level of elite defensive play not seen in Happy Valley for some time. He's already the leader of a defense that looks to be even faster in 2020, and provide even more chances for its dominant playmaker to feast on opposing offenses.
The former five-star is still just scratching the surface of how good he can be, and it's happening right before our very eyes. And you better believe that the college football community, and the NFL community, took notice of his massive, limitless potential after that Cotton Bowl performance.
If he continues to improve at this rate, he may very well find himself sitting on a stage in New York in early-December.