April 29, 2011
LOGAN, Utah - Former Utah State football player Curtis Marsh was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles with the 26th pick of the third round, the 90th overall selection, in the National Football League Draft Friday night.
Marsh, who was the first player from the state of Utah school selected in this year's draft, is also the first former Aggie to be drafted since Shawn Murphy and Kevin Robinson were picked in the 2008 draft. With the third-round pick, Marsh is the earliest former Aggie selected since Chris Cooley was also picked in the third round, with the 81st overall pick, in the 2005 draft by the Washington Redskins.
"It's such an amazing feeling, I've been dreaming of this since I was a little boy," Marsh said. "I could not be going to a better team and a better organization. Philadelphia is one of the teams that brought me in and I had a really good visit with head coach Andy Reid. With him being a BYU graduate, we talked a lot about Utah and he was very familiar with Cache Valley. I just got a really good vibe from Coach Reid and the entire organization. To be drafted in the first three rounds just feels so amazing."
Marsh got the call from Eagles' Assistant Director of College Scouting Anthony Patch about being picked by Philadelphia, immediately after San Diego selected Shareece Wright with the 89th pick, before Philadelphia was even "on the clock." Marsh also talked to Coach Reid, as well as Eagles' General Manager Howie Roseman, Defensive Coordinator Juan Castillo and Secondary/Cornerbacks Coach Johnnie Lynn.
"What you're getting is a big, strong, physical, fast and a very, very intelligent cornerback who doesn't quite have as much experience as other corners in the draft, but we feel with our coaching and his athletic ability will develop into a fine starter," Reid told The Associated Press.
Marsh had a small gathering of roughly 15-20 people consisting of friends and family at his house, and Marsh said there was lots of screaming and yelling celebrating the news. CLICK HERE TO WATCH
"It is a tremendous opportunity for Curtis and we as a football program and a University are extremely happy for him," USU head coach Gary Andersen said. "It is very well-deserved for him and I know he will doing a great job of representing himself on and off the football field and make the best of his opportunity. I think he will have a long, promising career in the NFL."
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-Western Athletic Conference honors.
"For him to buy into us coming in as a staff and completely buy into us changing his position from offense to defense, shows the type of character that Curtis possess and the type of team-oriented person and player that he is. He worked hard to be the best corner that he could be, he is the entire package of a player and a person, and he is only to continue to get better."
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.
Marsh was also selected to the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl, becoming 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 was the first Aggie invited to the Senior Bowl since tight end Chris Cooley in 2004 and was also the second "Curtis" from USU, as wide receiver Kevin Curtis played in the Senior Bowl following the 2003 season.
Marsh's father, Curtis Sr., is a former Utah wide receiver who was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round (219th overall) in 1995. His pro career consisted of 15 games (10 with Jacksonville, five with Pittsburgh) over three seasons (1995-97).
Overall, Marsh is the 111th former Utah State player selected in the NFL Draft in the Aggies' history. Marsh is the eighth former Aggie on an NFL roster, joining Super Bowl champion Jarrett Bush (Green Bay Packers), Pro Bowlers, Cooley (Washington Redskins) and Donald Penn (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Kevin Curtis (Kansas City Chiefs), James Brindley (Seattle Seahawks), John Chick (Indianapolis Colts), Rob Myers (Indianapolis Colts) and Shawn Murphy (Denver Broncos),
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