June 6, 2011

Marquez ready to make impact

Odessa (Texas) running back Bradley Marquez is finally set to make the transition to the next level of competition. As he does, however, there is still a bit of uncertainty with regard to his athletic future.

"I'm feeling great right now. I've been moving in this weekend and I'm just getting ready to adjust to a new environment. I'm ready to be around my teammates and just get to work."

"I entered the MBL Draft, so we'll see how it goes. I just entered because you never really know what might happen with the first-year draft. Maybe a deal will get worked out. I'm kind of hoping for the best of both worlds," Marquez said. "I'd love to have the opportunity to play some professional baseball and still play college football as well. We've got until August to sign if something does happen, so I'm just waiting to see how it all plays out."

Whether it's on the professional level or not, Marquez will be playing baseball again eventually.

"I will be playing baseball for Tech for sure if nothing happens professionally. That was part of the deal with me signing," he said. "I wanted to be able to play both sports and Coach Tommy Tuberville agreed to let me do that, so I'll definitely be playing baseball for someone next year. I'm just not sure who yet."

The 5-foot-11, 173-pounder's versatility leaves open several options for him between the hash-marks as well.

"Like I've said before, I just want to get on the field and help out my team. Whatever position that may be at, I'd be glad to play," Marquez said. "With us now running a 4-2-5 I understand that there may be an opportunity for me on the defensive said where I could be successful and make an impact. I just want to help the team as soon as possible."

"I haven't talked any with the coaches about playing defense, though. We've always just talked about running back and receiver on offense, but they know I'm willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win."

Marquez signed with Tech in February over offers from Arizona, Baylor, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas A&M, and Tulsa.

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