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Former QB getting kids ready for sports

March 24, 2011
MICKEY FURFARI, FAN-FARE

MORGANTOWN - Rasheed Marshall, who's still among the greatest quarterbacks in West Virginia University's football history, now is developing other young athletes for similarly successful careers.

Despite breaking his right wrist in the 2001 season's opener at Boston College, his and Coach Rich Rodriguez's first game, Marshall bounced back to excel as the starting signal-caller in 2002, 2003 and 2004.

After a 3-8 record in 2001, WVU went 9-4, 8-5 and 9-4 overall through 2004. The Mountaineers were 6-1, 6-1 and 4-2 in Big East standings those three seasons.

Marshall guided them to a share of the conference championship in both 2003 and 2004. Miami tied for the title in '03 and WVU shared the '04 crown with Pitt , BC , and Syracuse .

In the process, Marshall, a Pittsburgh native, became the first Mountaineer quarterback to be elected as Big East Offensive player of the year. It is an award that was richly deserved.

Marshall passed for 5558 yards and added 2040 yards rushing. With his career collection of 7,598 yards, he had 45 touchdowns passing and 24 rushing. He set the career scoring record of 69 touchdowns responsible for.

Patrick White came along a few years later with 103, but Marshall 's mark is second now. Marshall also broke Big East records set by Syracuse 's Donovan McNabb and Virginia Tech's Michael Vick.

But, again, Patrick White now owns those, dropping Marshall to the No. 2 spots.

He also joined both White and fellow Pittsburgher Major Harris as the top three rushing quarterbacks in school history.

"Right now I own my business," Marshall said in a recent interview. "It is in sports performance: Rasheed Marshall Sports Performance and Personal Training Business.

"I work in the Pittsburgh area and am in my second year of practice. It helps speed, strength and overall performance in high school athletes."

Marshall continued:

"I get kids ready for their football, basketball, soccer or lacrosse seasons.

"I also do a lot of one-on-one work with general population clients, who are looking to lose weight."

He goes to different gyms and oversees their workout programs. He admittedly enjoys this type of work a lot, and he's doing well with it.

"I am able to relate to young athletes because of my background in sports," Marshall said. "I can show them how to push their game over the top."

He hasn't done any actual coaching per se. But it's rewarding to him to see beneficial results from his efforts.

"Basically, I try to take athletes a step or two farther in speed and strength training and get them on the right track."

Many of the youngsters Marshall works with eventually earn NCAA Division I or II college scholarships.

Marshall, who turns 30 in July, is unmarried. After graduating from WVU, he played two years in the NFL.

 
 

 

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