Monday, October 5, 2009

On Location: DE Craig Marshall, USF

The USF Bulls' defensive end, Craig Marshall, was solid against the Orange, recording four tackles while joining his line-mates in harassing Syracuse quarterback Greg Paulus. On the season, Marshall has 14 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery.

How different is it playing on the Carrier Dome’s field turf?

We’ve played on turf now a couple of times, so I’m starting to get used to it. When I first played here, playing on turf was something new to me. It’s really about football though. However you look at it, you got to play on it.

Why do you feel you were so successful at pressuring Greg Paulus?

Coach [Jim Leavitt] told us they had a big offensive line, so we had to use our athletic ability. We tried to use our speed to our advantage. We wanted to have Paulus run and see what he was all about.

How much of an impact does the depth have, being able to rotate players?

Everybody has something that they can do at certain times in the game. Also to be able to rotate people, to make sure the next person is going play with the same amount of energy all game long. Everybody gets a chance to catch their breath when you’re having people rotate in a lot.

What can you tell us about playing with George Selvie?

You know, George, he has the name, so he gets a lot of pressure from teams and that frees up other guys. They have to slide a guy over to help with George and that opens things up for us.

Back-to-back road victories—how does it feel to win two in a row away from home?

Oh yeah, we love getting victories on the road. Just having the crowd against you, having everybody in the stadium against you and then you make them real quiet after you make a big play. Getting the victory, that was big for us.

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