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Brandon Marshall

Height: 6-5 | Weight: 229 | College: UCF
 
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Overview

Marshall is a gifted athlete who began his collegiate career as a receiver, but volunteered to move to the secondary when injuries depleted that unit in 2004. Even though he led the team in tackles that season, Marshall returned to offense during his final season.

Marshall graduated from Lake Howell High School, where he accounted for more than 1,500 yards in total offense, 1,056 through the air and 450 on the ground, as a senior. He threw eleven touchdowns as a quarterback and also scored four defensively as a safety, two on interceptions and a pair on fumble recoveries.

He was an All-State selection and chosen as the Seminole County Utility Player of the Year. Marshall held the 43rd position on Bill Buchalter's "Super Florida 100" list and was chosen to play in the All-Central Florida game, where he was named offensive MVP. He lettered in both basketball and track for three years, winning the Class 3A state triple-jump championship with a jump of 48 feet 6 inches his senior year.

Marshall appeared in nine games as a reserve receiver in 2002 at Central Florida. He managed to gain 18 yards on two catches, but lost 6 yards on a reverse. He started six games at the "Y" receiver slot in 2003, ranking third on the team with 28 catches for 377 yards (13.5 avg) and two touchdowns. He also completed an option pass for a 56-yard gain.

Marshall shifted to free safety in 2004, staring ten games. He was suspended for the Ohio University game after being arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest during an incident at a Denny's restaurant, but still managed to lead the team with 51 tackles (30 solos). He deflected one pass, intercepted another and caused a fumble. Marshall returned to offense in 2005, starting twelve games at split end and leading the team with 1,195 yards and eleven touchdowns on 74 receptions (16.1 avg).

In 44 games with the Golden Knights, Marshall started 28 times -- six times at "Y" receiver, 12 at split end and 10 at free safety. He caught 112 passes for 1,674 yards (14.9 avg) and thirteen touchdowns. He completed 1-of-3 passes for 56 yards, gained 5 yards on three carries and intercepted a pass. He also had 52 tackles (30 solos) with 1.5 stops for minus-9 yards, a forced fumble and a pass deflection.

Analysis

Positives: Has a rare-sized frame with very good overall muscle development, strong, thick legs, broad shoulders, long arms, good bubble and adequate body control and flexibility … Has adequate quickness off the line, using his size and hand strength to defeat the jam … Shows good field awareness, doing a nice job of uncovering on the move … Uses his size well to gain separation after the catch … Big target who has the leaping ability and strength to combat defenders for the jump ball … Will extend to make the tough catch in a crowd with no regard for his safety … Has the leg drive to break tackles … Runs with a long stride, but has the body control to make adjustments on the move … Uses his long reach to catch outside the frame and knows how to use his body to shield defenders from the ball.

Negatives: Lacks maturity, demonstrating a Terrell Owens prima donna attitude … Has one off-field issue that needs further review … Lacks good work ethic and struggles with authority, as he does not take well to hard coaching … Takes time building to top speed and when not involved in the play, he will throttle down … Has good power, but does not seem to relish blocking … Can break tackles, but does not have the timed speed or burst to escape in the open … Relies on his size to defeat the jam and will round his cuts in and out of his breaks … More of an H-back type, as he does not have the quickness to stretch the field.

Marshall has an imposing frame, but only adequate quickness. He relies on his size to gain separation, but will round his cuts and does not have the second gear needed to escape. He shows awareness to uncover and the long arm reach to catch outside his frame.

Marshall struggles to sink his hips and separate on his breaks, but is effective when working underneath, providing a big, tough target with no regard for his body in attempts to make the difficult catch. He maintains good concentration on the ball in flight and will fight through the jam, use his body to post up and shade defenders.

Marshall improved his work ethic some in 2005, but still lacks maturity and has too much "con" in him to be considered a team player. Sure, he moved to safety in 2004 to help a depleted unit, but the staff has to push him to perform at times and he does not take well to hard coaching. He has one off-field incident and will need structure and a firm hand to keep him in check.

His playing speed is only adequate and he will throttle down when not involved in the action. Marshall has good strength to dominate as a blocker, but at times it appears that is the last thing he wants to do. He can make the difficult catches, but will not win any foot races in the open. While his size is impressive, much like Auburn's Anthony Mix, it might be better to bulk him up and utilize him as a slot receiver or H-back, as he does not have the explosiveness to be a deep threat at split end.

Career Notes

His 74 receptions in 2005 rank eighth on the school's single-season record list behind Tyson Hinshaw (89 in 2000), Siaha Burley (88 in 1998 and 77 in 1997), Charles Lee (87 in 1999), David Rhodes (78 in 1993), Ted Wilson (76 in 1985) and Doug Gabriel (75 in 2002) … His 1,195 receiving yards in 2005 rank second on the school's single-season record list behind the 1,237 yards by Doug Gabriel in 2002 … His eleven scoring grabs in 2005 rank sixth on UCF's annual record chart.

2005 Season

All-Conference USA second-team selection … Started twelve games at split end, leading the team and ranking tenth in the nation with 1,195 yards receiving, catching 74 passes with eleven touchdowns … Also gained 3 yards on a reverse and recorded an assisted tackle.

2005 Game Analysis

South Carolina … Opened the season with ten receptions for 102 yards.

South Florida … Gained 39 yards on four catches, including a 9-yard score.

Marshall … Caught a 5-yard fade pass from QB Steven Moffett for a touchdown, finishing with 65 yards on three receptions.

Louisiana-Lafayette … Made an assisted tackle and snared five passes for 107 yards with touchdowns of 60 & 15 yards … Also gained 3 yards on a reverse.

Memphis … Had four receptions for 133 yards, including 69 & 38-yard scores.

Southern Mississippi … Limited to 22 yards on two grabs.

Tulane … Caught ten passes for 110 yards.

East Carolina … Totaled 71 yards on three catches.

Houston … Made seven catches for 120 yards and a 5-yard touchdown.

Alabama-Birmingham … Collected 46 yards on four snatches.

Rice … Hauled in four passes for 61 yards, including an 18-yard touchdown on a pass thrown by Steven Moffett with 1:25 left that gave UCF a 31-28 victory.

Tulsa (Conference USA Championship) … Added 109 yards on seven receptions.

Nevada (Hawaii Bowl) … Named the game's MVP, as he exploded for 210 yards on eleven catches with three touchdowns, capping a 4-play, 78-yard drive with a 51-yard score in the first quarter, followed by a 29-yarder that finished a second quarter 75-yard, 8-play drive and a 16-yarder with 0:55 left that forced the game into overtime (UCF would lose, 49-48) …

His 210 yards rank fourth on the school's game-record list, topped only by Siaha Burley (266 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in 1998 and 231 vs. South Carolina in 1997) and David Rhodes (231 vs. Western Kentucky in 1992).

2004 Season

Started ten games, seven at free safety and three at split end, missing the Ohio University contest due to a suspension for a team rules violation … Led the team with 51 tackles (30 solos), including an assisted sack for minus 4 yards and 1.5 stops for losses of 9 yards … Intercepted a pass for a 4-yard loss and deflected another … Also caused a fumble … Returned three punts for 33 yards (11.0 avg) … Also saw some action on offense, catching eight passes for 84 yards (10.5 avg).

2004 Game Analysis

Wisconsin … Caught two passes for 21 yards.

West Virginia … Added four receptions for 48 yards.

Penn State … Gained 18 yards on two grabs.

Buffalo … In his first start at safety, Marshall posted fopur tackles with an assisted sack for minus 4 yards.

Northern Illinois … Added nine tackles (6 solos).

Akron … Produced five solo hits.

Miami (Oh.) … Registered eleven tackles (10 solos) with a stop behind the line of scrimmage and an interception.

Marshall … Followed with a thirteen-tackle performance and also deflected a pass.

Kent State … Returned three punts for 33 yards.

2003 Season

Played in twelve games, starting six at "Y" receiver … Finished third on the team with 28 receptions for 377 yards (13.5 avg) and two touchdowns … Completed 1-of-3 passes for 56 yards … Also carried once for 8 yards.

2003 Game Analysis

Made his first collegiate start at Virginia Tech, as he caught two passes for 40 yards and threw a 56-yard pass to Darcy Johnson on a reverse pass on a critical third and inches call in the third quarter. The throw set up a touchdown to bring UCF to within seven at 28-21, after trailing 28-0 to start the game … Had a breakout performance vs. Florida Atlantic with season-highs in receptions (5) and receiving yards (104) and hauled in a 29-yard touch-down pass from Ryan Schneider and weaved through traffic and broke several tackles on a career-long 44-yard catch … Tied for second on the team with four receptions at Kent State, gaining 39 yards receiving … Broke out of a four-game slump with five receptions for 63 yards and a 27-yard touchdown vs. West Virginia.

2002 Season

One of two true freshmen to get game experience during the season as he logged minutes in nine games … Had two receptions for 18 yards, both coming vs. Liberty.

OFF-FIELD INCIDENT

Was suspended for the Ohio University game (11/06) in 2004 after he was arrested for trespassing and resisting arrest without violence at a local Denny's restaurant. Marshall got into a verbal argument at the same restaurant two weeks before his arrest. He was asked to leave when he returned the second time and refused. He was placed on probation and order to perform community service.

Injury Report

2006: Did not complete his agility tests at the Combine, citing a left hamstring strain.

Agility Tests

Campus: 4.7 in the 40-yard dash … 380-pound bench press … 540-pound squat … 330-pound power clean … 38-inch vertical jump … 4.31 20-yard shuttle … 11.82 60-yard shuttle … 6.96 three-cone drill … Right-handed … 13/28 Wonderlic score.

Combine: 4.56 in the 40-yard dash … 2.68 20-yard dash … 1.6 10-yard dash … 37-inch vertical jump … 10'0" broad jump … 32 5/8-inch arm length … 8 7/8-inch hands.

High School

Attended Lake Howell (Winter Park, Fla.) High School, playing football for head coach Mike Bisceglia … Accounted for more than 1,500 yards in total offense, 1,056 through the air and 450 on the ground, as a senior … Threw eleven touchdowns as a quarterback and also scored four defensively as a safety, two on interceptions and a pair on fumble recoveries … All-State selection and chosen as the Seminole County Utility Player of the Year … Held the 43rd position on Bill Buchalter's "Super Florida 100" list and was chosen to play in the All-Central Florida game, where he was named offensive MVP … Lettered in both basketball and track for three years, winning the Class 3A state triple-jump championship with a jump of 48 feet 6 inches his senior year.

Personal

Liberal Studies major … Son of Fred Marshall … Born 3/23/84 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

 
 

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