High school football previews: Ranking QBs poised for a big 2014, No. 2

dmitchell@ledger-enquirer.comJuly 10, 2014 

Editor's note: Whether a team runs a Wing-T, triple option, the power-I or a pro set, the man under center is the most important person on the field. He'll direct the traffic and, in theory, get the ball where it needs to go. This week, the Valley Preps Blog will take a look at a few of the Bi-City signal callers who are poised for big seasons in 2014.

TAQUON MARSHALL

Team: Harris County

Class: Senior

Ht.: 5-11

Wt: 175

Last year's stats: 81 of 140 with 9 touchdowns and 6 interceptions passing; 157 carries for 1,015 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing

Recruiting info: Offers from Appalachian State, Cincinnati, Duke, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Georgia Tech and Marshall

Why he's on the list: If Marshall was a running back, he’d have a shot at 2,000 rushing yards. If he were a wide receiver, he’d probably be one of the area’s best.

He doesn’t play cornerback for Harris County, but that’s where a lot of college coaches see him at the next level.

In short, he’s a do-it-all guy. Most nights, when he steps on the field, he’s the best athlete out there.

For the Tigers, though, he’s a quarterback. And a good one at that.

He won’t ‘wow’ anyone with his passing totals. That’s just not the game Harris County has him play. Last year, he carried 17 more times than he passed and got six more touchdowns on the ground than in the area.

He lacks the size of a next-level quarterback, but for Harris County, he does exactly what they need him to do. He gets the ball where it needs to go, and does it with great haste.

Harris County had its most wins in school history last year and will likely push to keep the upward trend going this year.

Marshall will be a major reason for its success.

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