FOOTBALL: Former Utah State football player Curtis Marsh has been invited to participate in the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine that runs from Thursday, Feb. 24 - Tuesday, March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Fans can visit NFL.com/combine for live coverage of the event, and it will also be televised by the NFL Network (Comcast Ch. 180 / 675 HD in Cache Valley).
More than 300 top prospects for the 2011 NFL Draft will be invited to participate at the combine, and Marsh is one of 21 players from the Western Athletic Conference participating.
At the combine, the participants will be put through a series of drills, tests and interviews with more than 600 NFL personnel from all 32 teams present, including head coaches, general managers and scouts. Workouts will consist of position drills as well as measurable drills including the 40-yard dash, bench press, vertical jump, broad jump, three-cone drill, 20-yard shuttle and 60-yard shuttle.
The NFL Scouting Combine is one of the key tools used by NFL teams in preparation for the NFL Draft, which will take place Thursday-Saturday, Apr. 28-30 from Radio City Music Hall in New York City. If drafted, Marsh would become the first Aggie player selected in the NFL Draft since 2007, when offensive guard Shawn Murphy and wide receiver/kick returner Kevin Robinson were chosen in the fourth and sixth rounds, respectively.
In only his second season as a cornerback after playing running back for the first two years of his USU career, Marsh earned second-team all-WAC honors. Marsh was also selected to the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl.
Marsh was USU's first player selected to an all-star game since 2008 when defensive back De'von Hall played in the East-West Shrine Bowl. Marsh is the first Aggie invited to the Senior Bowl since tight end Chris Cooley in 2004 and is also the second "Curtis" from USU, as wide receiver Kevin Curtis played in the Senior Bowl following the 2003 season. Overall, Marsh is the 15th USU player selected to the Senior Bowl since 1962.
Marsh, a Simi Valley, Calif. (Royal HS/Naval Academy Prep) native, started all 12 games of the 2010 season at cornerback. He ranked second in the WAC and sixth in FBS in passes defended with 1.25 per game with 15 total on 13 pass break-ups and two interceptions. He had three pass break-ups in two different games, against BYU and Boise State, while logging two in the Idaho game.
Marsh's 13 pass break-ups this season are a career-high, nearly tripling last year's total of five. Additionally, Marsh had 45 tackles (37 solo, eight assists) with one tackle for loss this season.