In offensive line coach Mark Hutson, Toledo has an assistant with a resume showing both collegiate and NFL playing experience, and 21 years as a college assistant coach.
If Hutson IS successful improving the performance of the o'line to the point where they can control the offensive line of scrimmage, one of the key pieces of the puzzle is likely to be Michael Parenton, 6-foot-3, 304-pounds, and a starting offensive lineman or the past two seasons for the Green Wave returns as a starter in 2007 after playing in all twelve games in 2006, starting eleven at center. He moved to left guard in spring practice 2007, switching places with Aryan Barto.
Parenton's larger and stronger than 'AB' and better suited to run block defensive tackles playing head up, hence the switch.
Mike started at center and on the defensive line for three years at E.D. White and was named all-district three straight years. He was twice named to 3A All-State team and was also named to the to the academic all-state team as a senior.
Recruiting began to accelerate for Parenton in the winter of 2003-2004 as he began hearing from Oklahoma State, Southern Miss, and Texas A&M as well as Tulane. He made an official visit to the Green Wave campus and committed before leaving.
Coming our of high school Michael reported a bench press of 405# and a squat of 515#, numbers which probably ranked him among Tulane's strongest offensive linemen when he reported to pre-season camp.
The real questions facing 'Biscuit' in the transition to college ball were what kind of feet he had, less of an issue for a center than a tackle or even a guard, and how quickly he'd pick up the blocking schemes.
As a true freshman Michael Parenton impressed in pre-season workouts prior to last season and played in two games early in 2004 before an injury sidelined him for the season.
Parenton worked with the first unit most of spring practice in 2005 when senior starter Don Madlock underwent surgery on both shoulders and received a medical redshirt for the 2005 season. Parenton started at right guard in Madlock's place throughout the 205 season.
With two seasons of eligibility remaining, 'Biscuit' has a chance to become one of the top offensive linemen in Tulane history and if anyone can get that kind of performance out of him, it's Mark Hutson.