September 11, 2007

Marshall Adjusting to New Position

Life has been all about adjustments lately for Texas Tech commit Broderick Marshall. After pledging to the Red Raiders out of high school, he didn't qualify academically and had to enroll at Tyler Junior College. After finally getting the hang of life at the JUCO level, Marshall is now dealing with a position change, from defensive end to defensive tackle. And to boot, when he finally gets that down, he's going to move again, this time to Lubbock, which should be the last stop of his collegiate career.

"We've already played two games out here," he said. "It's kinda weird playing tackle, but I'm getting better. I've played end my whole life basically, but we were short handed here, so I moved to tackle. So I've bulked up about 270 and just tried to get more physical."

Marshall also explained that life on the inside isn't quite as glamourous as it is on the outside.

"I haven't got any sacks," he explained when asked about his stats. "All those double teams are crazy. I was used to just having to beat one lineman and maybe a tight end or something, but now there's always two linemen on me. I need to get used to it."

However, Marshall pointed out that their opponents' style of play hasn't exactly been condusive to pass rushing either.

"See, the teams we've played so far have been more running teams," he explained. "They have run the option and the zone read a lot, so they're not like pocket passing teams where you can just rush the passer."

Well, sacks or no sacks, it's evident that Marshall has talent, and it's not lost on other schools either.

"Oklahoma State wants me to go out there on a visit," he explained. "They want me to check it out and I think I will. My mom always told me never to trun down the chance to see a new state, so since this is free and all, I figure why not?"

But Tech fans shouldn't get too worried, according to the big D-Lineman.

"But, it's like I always tell the college coaches when they call," he said. "I've already committed to Tech and it would be really hard to change that commitment. But, I still want to take any free visit I can get."

Still, though Marshall has plenty of interest, and certainly has the talent to warrant more, he still has a ways to go before he enrolls anywhere.

"The plan is to graduate in May," he said. "I'm not sure what my GPA is, but I know I took two cummer school classes and did good in those, so now I just have to pass my classes this year and I'll be good to go. I have 18 hours in both semesters just in case. I think I only need like 30 more hours, but I went ahead and got 18 in each one. I pretty much have to pass every class though. I just want to make sure I get everything done."

With Marshall's size and athleticism, it's probably safe to say Tech fans are hoping he gets everything done too.

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