Joining Larry Blustein on WQAM (560 AM) are Dade Christian 2012 quarterback Bilal Marshall, Dillard head coach Manny Martin and Purdue University head coach Danny Hope.
IT'S MARSHALL LAW THIS SEASON
For the past two years, one of the top quarterback prospects has been Marshall, who has combined tremendous athletic ability with super arm strength to become the top rated quarterback in South Florida.
Coached by former Hollywood Christian standout Mike Sonneborn, the 6-3, 175-pounder has been busy with serious attention from schools such as Wake Forest, Purdue, Rutgers, Kansas, Memphis, Duke, Boston College, FIU and Baylor to name a few.
Marshall also ran track for the Crusaders as well.
KEEPING THAT EDGE
When the Panthers open the 2011 season, Martin knows very well that the competition will be stiff as Dillard tries to turn things around.
Martin's proven track record at schools such as Miami Central, Deerfield Beach and now Dillard has provided himself an opportunity to teach extremely talented players.
This Miami native, who attended Central High and Alabama State, played five years in the National Football League as a cornerback and safety for the Houston Oilers and Buffalo Bills.
The graduation of All-America safety Wayne Lyons, who will be at Stanford, has the Panthers searching for more leaders this spring and summer.
HOPING FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE
The former Miami Killian student/athlete, who grew up in Gainesville, Hope has truly hit the ground running at Purdue.
With 19 current Floridians on the Purdue roster this spring, the direction to keep the pipeline flowing is going very well with more players being watched this spring throughout the Sunshine State.
Among those players on the roster are locals Gary Bush (Columbus), Normondo Harris (Monsignor Pace), Antwon Higgs (Pompano Beach), Gabe Holmes (St. Thomas Aquinas), Kevin Pamphile (Central), Chris Quinn (Southwest Miami), Brandon Taylor (Dr. Krop) and Charlton Williams (Coral Glades).
The Boilermakers also have former University of Miami QB Robert Marve from Tampa Plant.
This past season watched the Boilermakers endure injuries rarely seen by any collegiate football program. Starting four different signal callers in the same season for the first time at the school dubbed the "Cradle of Quarterbacks," Purdue went the entire year largely without the services of its leading returning rusher and receiver, as well as their second- and third-string backups. Despite the numerous injuries, Hope's team jumped out to a 4-2 start, which when combined with a strong finish to the 2009 campaign, put the Boilers at 8-4 over a 12-game stretch.
Hope started as an offensive guard at Eastern Kentucky from 1977 to 1980 for the legendary Roy Kidd, whom Hope succeeded as head coach. Hope was a member of the 1979 Division I-AA national championship team and captain of the 1980 national runner-up squad. He graduated in 1981 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a minor in health education.
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