Former Penn State Football All-American linebacker Micah Parsons, pushing for NFL rookie sack record as dominant season for Dallas Cowboys continues
Micah Parsons’ dominant rookie season continued Sunday, as the former Penn State Football All-American was a one-man wrecking crew for the Dallas Cowboys’ defense in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Parsons was the most disruptive player on the field for the Cowboys’ defense, producing three sacks and one forced fumble of Cheifs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, keeping Dallas in a game they would ultimately lose 19-9.
Still, 10 games into the 2021 campaign, Parsons has already produced eight sacks, 8.5 tackles for loss, 62 total tackles, and a pair of forced fumbles.
Not only is Parsons making a legitimate run at Defensive Rookie of The Year, perhaps as the favorite to win the award, but the former Nittany Lion is closing in on the rookie sack record.
Former Tennessee Titans and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end, Jevon Kearse, owns the NFL rookie sack record, with 14.5. But, with seven games remaining, Parsons is already more than halfway there.
Why Micah Parsons has real chance to break NFL rookie sack record
The Cowboys’ decision to move Parsons from inside linebacker, where he was the No. 12 overall pick out of Penn State, to his natural position at defensive end has paid immense dividends.
Now, with Demarcus Lawrence sidelined for multiple weeks, the Cowboys will be calling on Parsons to continue to anchor the pass-rush. A role that many inside the league believe Parsons is plenty capable of doing, and then some.
“Watching him, it feels like the game has really slowed down for him,” an NFL executive recently told FanSided. “He’s gone from mastering one position to multiple positions, because they’ve moved him around to a bunch of different positions, and the production is really starting to show.”
Entering Sunday’s game, Parsons’ 92.1 pass-rush grade from Pro Football Focus was highest among NFL linebackers.
If Parsons keeps this pace up down the stretch, he’ll have a real chance of etching his name into the NFL record book.