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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