Marshall Talks Defense, Early Enrollment

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“It always helps to get quality reps against quality foes.” – Dinwiddie (VA) defensive end Corey Marshall .

The 6-1, 255-pound Marshall, ranked #5 in TSL’s Preseason In-State Top 40, and his Generals teammates have faced some quality competition this preseason in scrimmages against Ocean Lakes and Bethel. Dinwiddie’s star reflected on the team’s performance as well as his own thus far in preseason practice.

“As a unit, we’ve been great,” Marshall said. “Individually, there are some things I can clean up here and there. I’m still learning some plays and other things in this system. We’re more of an attack defense this season. It’s not as much feel. From that aspect, I just need to get comfortable with the new defense.”

Things are changing in 2010 as Dinwiddie will implement more of an attacking defense. The Virginia Tech-bound rising senior, who racked up 112 tackles with 21 sacks last season, is excited about it.

“They freed me up,” said Marshall, who will play left defensive end. “Coach Mills shifted to a defense where I can make a lot of big plays. The defense is depending on me to make game-changing plays. For me personally, it’s a great defense. I think I can thrive in this defense. It is kind of a 3-4 look. We have an extra backer, but I think I’ll be able to thrive.”

Virginia Tech of course runs a 4-man front, but Marshall sees Dinwiddie’s new defense as good preparation for how he’ll be used under defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

“Virginia Tech stresses getting up the field and pressuring the backfield,” said Marshall, who is being recruited to play defensive end at Tech. He could develop into a defensive tackle. “I feel I’ll be real familiar with that. I love getting up the field.”

It won’t be long before Marshall is at Virginia Tech, but for now he is focused on finishing his high school career out in style. He wants to lead