USU’s Curtis Marsh Invited To Under Armour Senior Bowl

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State football player Curtis Marsh has accepted an invitation to the 2011 Under Armour Senior Bowl. The 2011 game is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. (MT) in Mobile, Ala., at Ladd-Peebles Stadium and will be televised live by the NFL Network.”It is a tremendous honor. I am just really excited to get a chance to play with some of the top guys in the country and show that I deserve to be there. It feels amazing; I am really excited,” Marsh said.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.”It is an incredible opportunity for Curtis, who I think is a very talented young man,” USU head coach Gary Andersen said. “I believe it is a very well-deserved honor. He played solid for us all year long. I expect him to take advantage of this exposure for the opportunity to continue his football career and play at the next level. This is an opportunity to showcase his skills and compete with some very talented players in an all-star game.”Andersen coached Marsh for two seasons after becoming head coach of the USU program in December, 2008, and switched Marsh from running back to cornerback.”Curtis’s ability to accept the position change is not only a great example of his terrific individual athleticism, but also showcases his team-first mentality,” Andersen said.The Senior Bowl is the nation’s most unique football game and football’s premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country’s best senior collegiate football players and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South that are coached by the entire coaching staffs of two National Football League teams.”It is a great opportunity to get exposure to NFL scouts. That is why I am so thankful to Steve Hale and the rest of the people at the Senior Bowl for selecting me and giving me a chance,” Marsh said. “It is a great opportunity for me to help myself even more in getting to the next level. Getting that chance to be in front of scouts every single day, and play with top-notch competition across the country is a great opportunity and I am really excited about that aspect as well.”Marsh is 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 is the first Aggie invited to the Senior Bowl since tight end Chris Cooley in 2004 and is also the second “Curtis” from USU, as wide receiver Kevin Curtis played in the Senior Bowl following the 2003 season. Overall, Marsh is the 15th USU player selected to the Senior Bowl since 1962. “That is a great honor to represent Utah State, I am glad that I can help my school. We deserve it as a university. I think that it is great that I can help my teammates, my university and Coach Andersen by giving us more exposure. I am really honored to be in that elite class. I am excited and can’t wait,” Marsh said. Marsh, a Simi Valley, Calif. (Royal HS/Naval Academy Prep) native, 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.The NFL Network can be seen on Comcast Ch. 180 or 675 HD in Cache Valley, as well as Ch. 154 on Dish Network or Ch. 212 on DirectTV. Contact your local cable provider for more information.Utah State concluded the 2010 season with a 4-8 overall record and 2-6 WAC mark. Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.-USU-

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