August 6, 2007

Audio: Slocum grateful to wear the maize and blue

When given the chance to highlight a teammate to look out for this fall, sophomore safety Stevie Brown wasted little time - freshman defensive tackle Marques Slocum. After a year of prep school and a year of ineligibility at Michigan, Slocum has finally been cleared to play, and in this audio feature, he expresses a giddiness over wearing the maize and blue uniform for the first time …

"I was talking to academic people and the sports staff and he's the first person who didn't qualify his first year coming [to Michigan] that the coaching staff kept around. Out of 128 years of football -- that means he's awfully special," Brown said of the 6-6, 310-pounder. "I just have a feeling about him - he's going to be a beast."

Marques Slocum Audio

On what he's shown to teammates to earn high praise already:

"I don't know exactly what they've seen in me, but I hope they have the confidence in me to contribute to the team this year. I'm looking forward to having a good year, contribute to the team anyway I can. I know I have to play for Michigan."

On what the experience of the last two years were like:

"Going through prep school and then having to sit out a year was real difficult for me. Not being able to play football … but I'm here now and I'm trying to get on the field anyway possible."

On looking forward to putting the pads on and hitting people:

"I'm looking forward to it so much because like I said I've been out for two years and I haven't hit nobody in two years. I just can't wait until we get into practice and we can strap the helmets on."

On why he wants to play defenses instead of offense:

"I think I have that desire to play offense. I like to hit people. I think I'm very physical and I'm King Def. I like hitting people -- that's all I can say. Offensively, I think I'm talented, but defense I think is where I can contribute to the team."

On where he fits in on the two-deep on the defensive line:

"Right now I'm not sure, but like I said before I am willing to play anywhere that my team needs me. If they need me at noseguard, I'll play there. If they need me at defensive end, or three-technique, I'll play anywhere. I'm going to get it done. Special teams … I don't care. I'm just trying to play."

On playing safety [joke]:

"I'll play wideout too. I'm just happy to be here right now. Sitting out two years humbles you and I'm just fortunate enough that I still have the opportunity to play for Michigan."

On why he thinks the defense will be good in 2007:

"I think we have a lot of young, talented guys that are hungry this year. I know we might be young, but we still have leadership and I think we're going to get it done."

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