Posted: 1:16 pm Monday, January 10th, 2011

Jupiter’s Cody Parkey the lone area representative in the BCS championship game 

By Jeff Greer

This year’s BCS title game doesn’t feature any of the usual suspects like Alabama, Texas, Ohio State, Oklahoma or Florida. Auburn and Oregon meet in tonight’s contest for all the marbles. Neither has played in the BCS Championship game.

All that aside, Jupiter alum and Auburn kicker Cody Parkey is the only area product playing in this year’s national title game.

Cody Parkey

Cody Parkey

Parkey, a freshman, is listed as the No. 2 kicker for Auburn behind Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas alum Wes Byrum. Ranked the top kicker in the Class of 2009 by ESPN, Parkey has booted 35 kickoffs this season for an average of 63.2 yards. Two of them were touchbacks.

The young kicker racked up the accolades his senior year at Jupiter, including Palm Beach Post All-Area first team and Class 6A All-State honors.

Despite the lack of a major area presence on either of the national title contenders, there are several players from neighboring areas, including five from Broward County. They all play for Auburn. Oregon has one Floridian — Tampa-Plant’s Eric Dungy. And yes, he is former Tampa Bay Bucs and Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy’s son.

Both Oregon and Auburn have targeted Palm Beach County prospects for future classes. Auburn is the leader for senior Park Vista running back Tre Mason (No. 7 on the Big Board), while Oregon is one of a handful of early favorites for Palm Beach Gardens junior offensive tackle Avery Young.