September 19, 2011

Marshall Leading His Team

For Texas A&M safety commit Kenneth Marshall life is starting to be like déjà vu all over again. Thursday night, in South Houston's (TX) 34-23 loss to visiting Humble (TX) Summer Creek, Marshall sprained his ankle. Marshall sprained the same ankle during a game against Summer Creek last season.

"The crazy thing is I didn't get to play against Port Arthur Memorial (South Houston's next opponent) last year because I hurt my ankle against Summer Creek and it sucks," said the Rivals three star safety. "I'm really trying out here. I was going to go in the second half but my coach told me to play it smart because he knew I was hurting."

One thing that was not familiar for the talented defender was his role playing middle linebacker for the first time starting in Thursday's game.

"Yeah, it looks like it's going to be that way for the rest of the season," said Marshall following the game. "I trust my guys in the secondary back there. Coach told me it was all on me and if I trusted him I could make that move and I want to help stop the run so I am doing it."

Besides helping the team by being closer to the line of scrimmage, Marshall also sees dividends after his prep career is over.

"Another reason why I thought it would be a good move is to help me get ready for when I get to college," he said. "It will help me get used to making good tackles and help me get ready for the big boys in college."

Despite the struggles early he still feels like he and his teammates are getting better as the season goes on and will be ready for district play.

"We are continuing to learn as a team," said the team captain. "We've got a pretty young team still but there are some sophomores that are starting to step up for us. We are going to get everybody ready for district play and we are going to try to win that championship."

With team goals set, such as the district championship, Marshall has challenged himself as well this season.

"Really my main thing I need to do is just to lead my defense the best that I can," he said. "I have got to make plays on defense. My job out there is to get to the ball and I have to get there. I feel like I have to lead these guys out here because a lot of them are young."

Marshall says he is devoted to the Aggies and will see them at every opportunity this season.

"I went to the SMU game and I am trying to get up there this Saturday for Idaho but we will have to see how it goes. Either way I am going to hit up the Oklahoma State game for sure."

Marshall posted double digit tackles in each of the first three games and was well on his way Thursday with five tackles mid-way through the second quarter. He has also forced several fumbles and recovered two of them.

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