Jalen Parmele #35 RB
Height: 5-11 Weight: 225 Age: 29
Born: 12/30/1985 Boynton Beach , FL
Experience: 4th season
High School: H.H. Dow HS [Midland, MI]
Selected By: Miami Dolphins
Pick (Overall): 10 (176)
A two-year starter, Parmele has been making up for lost time since taking over tailback chores for the Zips, gaining 2,642 of his 3,119 career rushing yards during that span. He added to his resume by taking over kickoff return duties in 2007, ranking 10th in the nation with an average of 185.67 all-purpose yards per game during his final season.
>From a family of 10 children, he is the second member to compete on the collegiate gridiron. His older brother, Chris, played at Central Michigan (1993-96).
Parmele was ranked 16th on the Detroit Free Press "Fab 50" Team and 31st on the Detroit News' "Blue Chip List" as a senior at Dow High School. He was named first-team Class A All-State and earned the league's Most Valuable Player award. He was also named the 24th-best player in the state of Michigan by The Midwest Football Recruiting News.
In his final season, Parmele rushed for 1,507 yards and 23 touchdowns. He made first-team All-League as a junior after gaining 1,253 yards on the ground. The three-time All-Academic team choice added 705 yards on the ground as a sophomore. He also ran track as a sprinter and played basketball.
Rather than enroll at his brother's former school, Parmele ventured to Toledo in 2004. He was listed third on the depth chart at tailback, appearing briefly in nine games. He totaled 183 yards and scored three times on 42 carries (4.4 avg). He also gained 24 yards on four catches. As a sophomore, he was elevated to second string behind Trinity Dawson at tailback, but missed the Northern Illinois and Ohio University games with a right ankle sprain. He finished with 64 attempts for 294 yards (4.6 avg) and three touchdowns.
Parmele emerged from 2006 fall camp as the Rockets' new starting tailback. He led the team and ranked second in the league with 1,131 yards and eight touchdowns on 207 carries (5.5 avg). The first-team All-Mid American Conference runner also snared 16 passes for 128 yards, as he also averaged 15.3 yards on three kickoff returns.
As a senior, Parmele again received All-MAC first-team recognition after his banner campaign. He finished ninth in the nation in rushing, with 1,511 yards on 276 runs (5.5 avg) that included 14 touchdowns. He caught 17 passes for 157 yards (9.2 avg) and one score, as he also returned 20 kickoffs for 560 yards (28.0 avg) and a touchdown. His 2,228 all-purpose yards were good for 10th place in the NCAA.
Parmele started 24 of 44 games at Toledo, ranking fourth in school history with 3,119 yards on 589 carries (5.3 avg), including 28 touchdowns. He made 41 catches for 350 yards (8.5 avg) and one score. He returned 25 kickoffs for 628 yards (25.1 avg) and one touchdown, as he scored 180 points. He also gained 4,097 all-purpose yards, an average of 93.11 yards per game.