November 3, 2010

Marquez back in action

After suffering a concussion earlier this season Odessa (Texas) running back Bradley Marquez made his return to action last week. It couldn't have come at a better time as Odessa High took on their cross-town rival Odessa Permian. Powered by Marquez' 201 yards on the ground, the Bronchos took the victory and secured bragging-rights for the next year.

"I could have actually played the week before last, but I suffered a concussion and didn't pass my test in time so they were wanting to make sure everything was alright with me. They wanted me to take another week and make sure I was completely healthy for that game since we were playing our cross-town rival," Marquez said. "We played Permian so the atmosphere was crazy. I felt good the whole game and nothing was really holding me back health-wise."

And with regard to the win itself?

"It was a lot of fun, almost indescribable. Growing up around here everyone wants to always beat those guys from Odessa Permian. They've won a lot against us, and I think we've only beaten them eight times now. I was a part of two of those victories, and there aren't a lot of teams before who could say they've gotten two against them," he said. "Our team has been able to do that and it was awesome. Our side of town will get bragging rights for the year and you can't put a price on that. It was a really great night. Our team and our fans rose up to the challenge and we got it done like we knew we could."

The 5-foot-11, 173-pounder has stayed in contact with the coaches in Lubbock and he, like others, brings up life outside of football as one of the selling points for the staff.

"It's awesome with all of the coaches. Coach Neal Brown, Coach Sonny Cumbie, and Coach Chad Scott are who I talk to. I usually talk at least once a week with the guys from Tech. They always like to talk about football, but there alright with stepping outside of that as well. We talk about everything and that's not something you get with every staff. I've gotten really tight with those guys and they made it easy to do," he said. "They know all my family and ask about how they're doing. They've been as good as I could have imagined any coaching staff would be. We're all very excited for me to just get up there after I graduate and get to it."

Marquez says that he's continued to hear from some programs through mail, but the attention is not being reciprocated on his end.

"No one has really been talking to me lately, at least not anyone that I've returned the contact with. I still get mail and stuff from other schools, but I'm committed to Tech right now 100%, and that's the way it will stay."

The 2011 Tech commit also indicates that he'll be waiting until after the season is over to take an official visit to West Texas.

"I'm probably going to go after the season so I can get more one-on-one time with the coaches and the players," he said. "It's hard to get that same amount during the season with everything else that's going on while you're there. Me and the other guys the class are going to try and take our officials at the same time. We want to be there together and just keep building the relationships we have been. I think we're really building something special for the future."

Marquez committed to Texas Tech in May over offers from Arizona, Baylor, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas A&M, and Tulsa.

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