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With only two seasons at cornerback after signing (and playing) with the Aggies as a running back, Marsh is a work in progress but displayed his improved technique and terrific natural ability at the Senior Bowl.
His combination of size and speed will tantalize defensive back coaches and could push him into the top 75 overall picks. The team willing to invest that lofty selection to nab Marsh could be rewarded with a future starter but must be willing to put in the time to patiently developing his overall game.
Positives: Has a long, tapered build ideal for the position. Flashes a physical jam at the line of scrimmage and has good overall strength. Good straight-line speed. Developing instincts in coverage. A better athlete than cornerback. Shows a burst back to the ball and has the long arms and good hand-eye coordination to slap away passes. Generally a reliable open-field tackler with good athleticism and upper-body strength. Wraps his arms around the ballcarrier and can bring bigger backs to the ground. An ascending talent whose best football is ahead of him. Good bloodlines. Father, Curtis Marsh Sr., played wide receiver at the University of Utah and in the NFL.
Negatives: High in his backpedal. Stiff-hipped and has to gather himself to turn and run with receivers, losing a step in his transition. Has good, but not elite speed to recover when beaten. Doesn't turn quickly when the ball is in flight, resorting to face-guarding that will draw penalty flags in the NFL. Doesn't locate the ball well when he does turn. Relying more on athletic ability than technique and could struggle initially to adjust to NFL competition. Had only one full season of standout play at cornerback and did it questionable competition.
Marsh started all 12 games of the 2010 season at cornerback, earning second-team all-WAC honors. 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.
Played in all 12 games, making four starts... Tallied 32 total tackles (23 solo, nine assists) with five pass break-ups, one interception and one blocked kick... Top outing was Southern Utah game with six stops, while adding five tackles at Fresno State... Lone pick of season was at New Mexico State... Blocked punt in San Jose State game.
Played in all 12 games at running back, making three starts... Had 42 carries for 185 yards (4.4 ypc) with two TD's... Also had 12 catches for 114 yards (9.5 ypc) with one TD... Season-long rush was 41-yard TD dash, part of his season-high 67 yards on four carries in Idaho game... Added 29-yard run at Oregon... Top receiving outing was three catches for 51 yards, including his season-long of 31 yards, vs. Utah... Caught lone TD pass at Oregon... Also had seven kickoff returns for 107 yards (15.3 ypr) with a season-long of 20 yards in BYU game... Ranked fifth on team in all-purpose yards with 406 (185 rushing, 114 receiving, 107 kick return).
Started three games, including rushing for 50 yards in Aggie debut vs. UNLV, most for a USU freshman in school history... Played in 10 games after missing two due to injury... For the season, he had 302 yards on 82 carries (3.7 ypc) with two TD's... Also had 16 catches for 96 yards (6.0 ypc), ranking fourth on team in receptions and first among tailbacks... Best single-game rushing total was 67 at New Mexico State, one of three outings with over 50 yards... Recorded season-high 17 carries at Wyoming... Had season-long 26-yard run at Idaho... Scored a 2-yard TD vs. Louisiana Tech and had a 7-yard TD scamper at New Mexico State... Posted season-high six receptions at Wyoming... Season-long 17-yard catch came against Nevada... Signed with USU in December and participated in spring drills.
Played at the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I.
Played at the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I. Was a first-team all-league selection as well as earning first-team all-county honors for Royal HS... Led league and county in rushing with 1,608 yards... Scored 12 touchdowns as a senior... Defensively, he recorded 55 tackles and two interceptions as a cornerback his senior year... As a junior he rushed for 450 yards... As a junior he finished third in the state in the long jump at 23-10... Was also second in the league in the 100-meters with a 10.8 clocking.
Born March 1, 1988 in Simi Valley, Calif... Son of Trayci Gibson... Father Curtis Marsh, Sr., played wide receiver at the University of Utah and in the NFL... Has four brothers... Major is undeclared... Hobbies include basketball and fishing.
Draft Scout Player News
11/06/13 - CB Curtis Marsh re-signed with the Eagles earlier this week. Marsh was a former third-round pick who was cut before the season. With starter Bradley Fletcher nursing a knee injury, the Eagles wanted to add another corner in case Fletcher can't play.
10/02/13 - --CB Curtis Marsh was waived. He played in two games but only on special teams.
09/19/13 - CB Curtis Marsh was signed by the Bengals Wednesday.
09/06/13 - CB Curtis Marsh was waived from reserve/injured with an injury settlement by the Eagles Thursday.
09/02/13 - CB Curtis Marsh was placed on reserve/injured Monday.