The countdown to kickoff is on. Over the 100 days before Texas takes on Maryland, we’re counting down the 100 best players the Longhorns will face in 2017. This series is all about impressing your friends at pregame tailgates and watch parties, so grab a notepad and buckle up.
Who is he?
Iman Marshall has been outstanding the past two seasons, but he has lived in the shadow of fellow USC defensive back Adoree’ Jackson. Now that Jackson has moved on to the NFL, it’s Marshall’s time to shine as the leader of the Trojans’ secondary.
Marshall started as a true freshman in 2015, and actually put up bigger numbers than he did a year ago. He has career highs of 67 total tackles and 12 passes defended, with three interceptions both seasons. He’s been consistent throughout his career, but has had the luxury of growing while not having to face every team’s best receiver. That will change this fall.
What should the Longhorns watch for?
At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Marshall has the body NFL scouts look for. He’s physical at the line and also has great instincts in the air. Against Texas, he’ll likely be tasked with guarding sophomore sensation Collin Johnson, which will be the matchup to watch if it happens. It will provide a good litmus test for Johnson and quarterback Shane Buechele against one of the best corners in college football.
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