High School Sports

High school football previews: Ranking the top athletes in the Bi-City area--No. 2

Editor's note: They’re the most exciting players on the field. Blink, and you might miss something spectacular. In the past, football coaches tried to fit certain players into a specific mold. But the do-it-all athlete can’t be placed in a box. They’re a threat from multiple positions. This week’s preview series takes a look at some of the best athletes in the Bi-City area for 2014.

TAQUON MARSHALL

Team: Harris County

Class: Senior

Ht.: 5-10

Wt: 165

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, Marshall

Why he's on the list: In the series of top quarterback blogs last week, I ranked Marshall No. 2 on the list. In this section, I explained that while he plays quarterback for Harris County, his primary threat is as a ball carrier under center and he is recruited mostly as a defensive back at the next level. He’s a better-than-average passer, as well.

In short, he can do it all.

The expectation is that his passing numbers will continue to improve this season, though he’ll be doing it without his battery mate of the past few years, former running back Esaias Chapman. That may make things more difficult for Marshall, but will also give him a bigger opportunity to shine.

Harris County has been on an upward trend for the past two seasons, and there’s no reason to think that won’t continue in 2014.

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