Posted: 8:31 am Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Marshall hopes to be an o-line weapon 

By Ken Sugiura

It would stand to figure – a football center who can operate a shotgun.

Andrew Marshall, one of Georgia Tech’s six incoming freshman offensive linemen, handled both direct snaps and shotgun deliveries for his final three seasons of high school. He said the ratio was about 50/50 as a sophomore and then 70/30 shotgun/direct snap in his final two seasons.

Marshall, from West Forsyth High, is an avid hunter, particularly deer and duck. His firearm of choice is his Benelli Super Black Eagle shotgun.

“They’re really nice shotguns, in my opinion,” he said of the Benelli brand. “It can do pretty much anything.”

Marshall, 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, is perhaps not quite as versatile, but he’s willing to do whatever is asked.

“I feel like if I go in and work really hard and do the best I can, that’s all I can do,” Marshall said. “I don’t know whether that’ll put me as a starter or sixth string, I don’t know, but I’m going to do my best.”

With three years of experience at center, Marshall figures to get a look there, though offensive line coach Mike Sewak likes to cross train the linemen to develop depth and versatility. Interestingly, players often come from other positions to center. Jay Finch was a two-way lineman in high school, but not a center. Sean Bedford came to Tech as a walk-on defensive linemen. The two centers on the depth chart, Freddie Burden and Thomas O’Reilly, played tight end and guard in high school, respectively.

“I’m willing to do whatever the team needs me to do, and wherever I can play earliest,” Marshall said. “Whatever the team needs, it doesn’t really matter.”

Marshall was Rivals’ No. 36 player in Georgia; the highest ranking received by a Tech signee. He picked Tech over Duke, Wake Forest, Syracuse, among other schools.

“I think we’re going to have a great group of guys,” he said. “We’re all going to go in and work hard and become really good friends and good teammates and play some good ball.”

 

12th in a series of updates on Tech’s freshman class

OL Whitley brings high amibtions to Tech

Myles Autry ready to ‘make some noise’

DB Lawrence Austin doing his homework

Tech DB Lance Austin has championship mindset

After shoulder surgery, Lewis ‘all good’ for Tech

Preddy ready to give ’110 percent’

For Kagawa, ‘a long journey’ to Tech

DE Merriweather loves football, math

OT Jake Stickler ready to compete

Safety Jalen Johnson eager to get back on field after ACL tear

Trey Klock playing in Big 33 all-star game

(sorry for the delay. I’m actually on vacation, and trying to finish out the series in the process.)

49 comments
bigmacondawg
bigmacondawg

He's blocking legal in the video.  Tech will teach him a few new dirty tricks.

juvenal
juvenal

Ken, please post a new football thingie so a few of us can World Cup chat faster.... 

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

Seems to have a great attitude, which he's going to need, because he's holding on many of these plays.

GTRay
GTRay

@TechTroll13 I agree with you, Marshall is certainly coming in with the right attitude.  Welcome, young man.  Hope you excel both on and off the field. 


I had forgotten that Sean Bedford was a walk-on.  Especially amazing since he was later All-ACC.

UGA76
UGA76

Time will tell but the best center from the area where this young played was the Center at Lambert High School Kevo Yeremian.  .  He's also a freshman at Ga. Tech. Ask the NG and DT that played against them both and you will see why Kevo will be the future starter. 

TechTroll13
TechTroll13

In keeping up with national current events, I tend to get a little depressed about the future.  But in reading the comments of this young man along with Chase Roberts comments, it reminds me the world is not as bad as it seems.  Sports does build character and there are good young people coming along to be leaders.

Jmonty
Jmonty

I guess my fear would be the 270 lbs.  Doesn't seem very beefy for center.  But, I may be wrong.

juvenal
juvenal

Big Crimson, you out there? The Blue you slurred scored more than the other Blues in the tourney combined........ 

juvenal
juvenal

since we can't/won't design-execute-call passes from other formations, hope we can do base better with better O-linemen.... 

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

I saw half the clip and he looks good. He blocks at the los and way down the field. High gpa at W Forsyth also. He takes linemen all the way down with some blocks using his upper body strength. I noticed the 70/30 shotgun ratio.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@bigmacondawg 

The mutts were called for more illegal blocks last year than Tech was.  And that was not just in the annual game; that was for the entire season.  Sounds like they teach dirty in Athens more than in Atlanta

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@GeorgeStein I didn't see any on the first half of the long clip. He just blocked them down to the fields with strength.

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@GeorgiaTechclassof95 hey, class of 73 here; what's boring is the TO sweeps constantly used which the defenses expect with simplistic probability rather quickly; the shotgun might be fixed, pass out of the pocket plays, but they are the winner plays and the TO is the loser plays usually, although between the red zones they give the Tech running backs time to shine with some long runs...crossing the goal lines is a different story; the shotguns allow quicker scoring with less effort thus ensuring fresher players

drydirtroad
drydirtroad

@UGA76 thanks for pointing this out as a Georgia grad, I'll look for him on HD tv for the coming years

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Jmonty Sean Bedford was an All-ACC center two years for GT.  He played at 281 lbs.  Jay Finch played well at 285 lbs.  

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@BigCrimson75 @GeorgiaTechclassof95 "....and don't forget how effective it can be."

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Yeah, Mike Leach at Washington State has used it to amass a 9-15 record over the last two years.....  I guess the Pac-12 has figured it out.

juvenal
juvenal

@BigCrimson75 @juvenal English commentators usually call him Shirley(heard an Airport-the Movie joke about that).Luiz would have added 2, but, lucky for y'all, he is psg's 50mil mistake.(it is actually illegal in Germany to call someone a nazi)

juvenal
juvenal

@GeorgeStein @drydirtroad already happened if he actually went to the Institute........time to go vanilla again, George, &  let whatever happens happen.......

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@Radar123 

Where has anyone said that Johnson should stay forever?  Amazing how you still can't grip the situation.  We play UNC, UGA, VT, and FSU at home next year and have Notre Dame on the road.  You want to go into that season with a new coach, running a power I formation?  Have fun with 3-4 wins.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@juvenal Guess that's true.   Hadn't thought about that.  


I tend to agree that if Johnson is going to fail (in the opinion of the decision makers), he needs to do it doing what he knows rather than trying to the other stuff (not that I think the two are mutually exclusive).   Hope you enjoy the game Sunday.   Deutshland and Argentina should be a helluva show.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@drydirtroad I'm going to go over this as clearly as possible, with the utmost respect to you because i know you are older than me and i was raised right. We are not the Coach and we can't do a damn thing about it. If you don't want to support CPJ then support the Institute. I know you love it.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@BleedingGold @Radar123

I don't think you should focus on 1 season's schedule to determine whether a coaching change is needed.  There will be a couple of years of rebuilding regardless.

Johnson is recruiting much better, particularly on the defensive side.  Between better recruiting and Roof I'm less pessimistic.  It would be nice to not have to make a coaching change.  But we need to get over the 7 win mark and/or beat UGA.


PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@juvenal 

For some crazy reason Mourinho preferred Ba and Eto'o over Lukaku.  But don't worry - he used the $80MM USD (50 mill GBP) he got for Luiz to buy Diego Costa and he still has Torres

juvenal
juvenal

@GeorgeStein @juvenal we will only enjoy it if we win, we finished 2nd in 2 world wars....aber, Danke Ihnen....on that note, failure correlates with losses, not opinions....

BleedingGold
BleedingGold

@AugustaJacket 

Ironically, Washington State's best win over the past decade came last year against USC and they scored 10 points and had 222 yards of offense.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

@AugustaJacket @BleedingGold  AJ - Negative.

That would be fellow Bama blogger WetWillie who's obsessed with Mike Leach.

Personally, I don't care much for the guy. Of course, he's probably an improvement over PJ however.

juvenal
juvenal

@PaulinNH @juvenal like the Columbian cartels didn't kill someone for an own goal........Schuerlle only blue left, wonder if BC will pull for the krauts now(we don't actually mind that one) even if he is only a sub........still, can't pay much heed to one hu thot hazrd was the wrlds best footballer...Costa complete flop for Spain....

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@BigCrimson75

Thiago Silva had been carrying Luiz all tourney - and had been organizing the D for Scolari.  Without Silva the D was completely organized, Scolari did nothing while his team fell apart and Luiz thought he would try to play like Socrates and play hero ball instead of defending.  Result - a massacre.

There is a reason Mourinho didn't play Luiz as a central defender.

BigCrimson75
BigCrimson75

@juvenal @PaulinNH  juvie -- nice grammar. :(

Is Barves_lose_again doing your posts now!

Hazard had a solid Cup.

He beat the Russians single-handedly.