#18 Justin Marshall
Class: RS Junior
Position: Wide Receiver
Hometown: Conyers, GA
Thoughts: Marshall has had the unfortunate luck of being recruited to play football at Louisville while 15 other very talented wideouts also came to play in a Bobby Petrino point stacking offense. This room in particular has been deep for years and years, and while some players decided to go elsewhere to get reps Marshall has rode it out, and his time to shine is now.
As a redshirt Junior, Marshall has been here watching the Jaylen Smiths’ the Seth Dawkins’ the Dez Fitzpatricks’, the Devante Peetes’, etc occupy those outside spots, and doing pretty dang well at it, but Marshall, the fifth leading receiver from the 2019 team will be getting an opportunity to show out, as all signs point to him taking over the vacancy left by Seth Dawkins. Marshall has always had the size and the build to be a big time receiver and I for one am excited to see how he can fit in the offense. Last season Marshall was a big play guy, averaging over 22 yards per reception, many of which came as a result of him shedding tacklers and fighting through defenders. Marshall played in all 13 games last season but his 6 total receptions didn’t represent his overall contributions. While his size is known factor Satterfield actually highlighted his speed a few days ago on the ACC’s ‘Packer & Durham’ show, which is evidently still a thing. He may not have Tutu jets, but Marshall has enough fire in the cleats to make some big time plays for the Cards in 2020. If you made me rank Louisville players I’m most excited to watch in 2020 Marshall is in the Top 10. I think we see a whole new animal this year.
P.S. I’d be remiss to not also mention the power of the #18 jersey. I’ve seen it firsthand. It’s real.
Hopefully we see Marshall throw up the deuces quite a few times this season on the old inside move, two step hessi, got ya twisted, burn ya down the sideline route. Actually, throwing that up might result in a 15 yarder, lets keep the two finger salute in our pockets until we cross the goal line Marsh.