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his teammates face Louisiana Tech here
Saturday at 6 p.m. Texas A&M enters
the contest with a 1-1 record, while
the Bulldogs are undefeated at 2-0.
by Frank L. Christlieb
Sports Editor
Mike Marshall hasn’t had
many chances to demonstrate
his skills on the football field in
Certainly any coach would
want Marshall’s 4.4 speed in his
starting backfield. And a quick
glance at his high school
achievements would call for a
closer look at Marshall’s athletic
Playing tailback and lineback
er at Porter High in Red bird,
Okla., a tiny community about
25 miles southeast of Tulsa,
Marshall made all-district, All-
America and was named offen
sive player of the year during his
senior season.
But two factors worked
against Marshal! upon his arriv
al at Texas A&M.
For starters, Marshall may be
among the smallest running
backs ever to play for the Aggies.
If his 5-7, 166-pound frame ever
caused anyone to doubt his abil
ity, Marshall thinks it’s time to
douse those doubts.
And in his mind, now might
be as good a time as any to start
showing people what he can do.
Size hasn’t been Marshall’s
only drawback while playing for
the Aggies. It just so happens
that playing time in the Texas
A&M backfield becomes scarce
when fullback Earnest Jackson
and tailback Johnny Hector are
around. During three of Mar
shall’s years with the Aggies,
Jackson and Hector have been
That hasn’t left Marshall a
great deal of running room.
But injuries to both have
thrust Marshall, Thomas San
ders and several other reserve
running backs into important
roles in the Aggies’ game Satur
day with 2-0 Louisiana Tech in
Senior Mike Marshall set
for starting role Saturday
Kyle Field. As it stands, when
Texas A&M meets the Bulldogs
at 6 p.m., Sanders will be the
starting fullback and Marshall
will be the starter at tailback for
Coach Jackie Sherrill.
After spending^three years on
the Aggie football team without
earning a letter, Marshall has
finally achieved two goals dur
ing the past week. In last
weekend’s 61-22 victory over
UT-Arlington, Marshall scored
a touchdown to earn his first let
ter at Texas A&M, and during
this week’s team workouts, Mar
shall proved himself enough to
earn a starting spot in the Aggie
“It’s like a dream come true,”
Marshall said after Thursday’s
one-hour workout in Kyle Field.
Marshall, an industrial tech
nology major, doesn’t let any
comments about size affect his
play — or his confidence.
“It really inspires me more,”
he said, “because it’s not the size
of the player that counts, but
what’s inside him.”
Thomas Sanders will open
at fullback against Bulldogs
The Aggies, 43-7 winners
over the Bulldogs in 1981, enter
Saturday’s game without the ser
vices of tight end Mark Lewis,
along with Hector and Jackson.
Lewis is out for the season after a
knee injury sustained in the first
game of the season and Hector
has a slightly separated shoulder
that should keep him out of ac
tion until Oct. 9, when the
Aggies play Houston.
Jackson, who suffered de
tached knee ligaments in the
Boston College game, should
also return for the Houston
Sanders, whose career high
came when he gained 72 yards
against TCU in 1981, had
rushed for 570 yards before the
start of the season. The 6-foot,
198-pounder has gained 86
yards on 15 carries through two
“We couldn’t hold back just
because the other backs aren’t
playing,” Sanders said. “We just
have to go out and do our best.”
Kubiak, who leads the South
west Conference in total offense
at 246 yards a game, said the
Aggies enter this game in much
the same situation as in their vic
tory over the Movin’ Mavs.
“Last week we had to prepare
without Lewis and we did a good
; job against UTA,” he said. “This
week we’ve had to go without
Johnny and Earnest, so we’re
kind of in the same situation as
last week, with some new people
Kubiak said Louisiana Tech
starting quarterback Matt Duni-
gan, who passed for 263 yards in
the Aggies’ victory last season,
should try to duplicate that per
“He’s got a heck of an arm,”
Kubiak said, “and he’s a good
little scrambler. They’ve got a
good passing game, and I’m
sure they’re going to use it.”
Kubiak, wno has completed
45 of 79 passes for 493 yards,
said he’s not totally satisfied with
his performance thus far.
“I’ve got a long way to go,” he
said. “I’m learning a little more
each week about Coach Sher
rill’s system, and I’m trying to be
a little more consistent.”
Bulldog coach Billy Brewer
said his team will be ready for a
possible onslaught of passing by
Kubiak and the Aggies.
“We feel like they are going to
throw it often against us,” Brew
er said. “They are averaging 40
passes a game so far, and I don’t
feel like it will be any less against
In last year’s Aggie victory,
Kubiak connected with flanker
Don Jones for a Southwest Con
ference-record 92-yard touch
down pass during the third
quarter. Kubiak completed
seven of 14 passes for 245 yards
in the game.
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