June 19, 2009

Wilcox County junior has all the ingredients

A sprained thumb suffered during mat drills kept Wilcox County quarterback Nick Marshall from fully taking advantage of last week's Mark Richt Football Camp, but the rising junior need not worry.

His name is already getting out there as a player to watch for 2011.

At 6-foot-2 and 186 pounds, Marshall enjoyed a stellar year last season for Wilcox when he completed 118 of 220 passes for 2,229 yards and 26 touchdowns with just five interceptions.

Six of those touchdowns came in a regular-season victory over Bryan County, just one of a number of outstanding contests by the soft-spoken quarterback with the big right arm.

"He's got a strong arm and he's also very mobile," Wilcox County coach Mark Ledford said. "The first pass he ever threw went for a touchdown (70 yards) and the second game he ever played he throw for four touchdowns against a Class AAA school."

Marshall, who was able to briefly get some throwing in before the injury, said he knew the second the injury took place that something was wrong.

"It stuck in the ground when I was trying to plant," said Marshall, who has yet to receive a verbal offer. "It popped. I heard it then just went in and got it taped up."

A two-sport standout, Marshall also stars on the basketball court for the Patriots, who advanced to the Class A state semifinals last year.

Marshall figures to have his pick of sports in college, but indicated to UGASports that football will be his ultimate choice.

"We encourage our kids to play all sports," Ledford said. "In fact, of all the guys on the basketball team, I think that all but one played football. Nick could play them both (in college). He's still got two years to decide what he wants to do. The only thing I've told him to do is to keep his options open."

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