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Tim Griffin, San Antonio Express-News
Marquez has decided to put his fledgling baseball career with the Mets on hold for a few months while he trains in earnest for his upcoming senior season with the Red Raiders.
After a strong performance during spring drills, Marquez has a chance to become a featured receiver in coach Kliff Kingsbury’s high-powered offensive attack.
“I want to go out and try to reach my potential in football,” Marquez said. “I feel like I definitely have a lot more left in me that I can give to this program. So it’s something I’m excited about.”
The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Marquez’s speed and fearlessness has made him the favorite to emerge as the “Y,” or key slot receiver in the Red Raiders’ offense.
Eric Sorenson, ESPN.com
Glory Days: Late ’90s. Hosted regionals in 1996, 1997 and 1999.
Last NCAA appearance: 2004. Second place at Atlanta Regional.
Why They Might Emerge: The Raiders are 31-12 this year, the second under head coach and former player Tim Tadlock. His recruiting touch is well-noted from his days as an assistant at Oklahoma (42 draftees in the last four years), so you know he’ll bring more talent to Lubbock. Plus, Rip Griffin Park got a total makeover, and interest in the program is peaking again.
Paul White, Talking 12
6. TEXAS TECH: On the surface, the Red Raiders would appear to be set at QB. Davis Webb put up some decent numbers in his freshman season (20 TD’s, 9 INT’s, 2,718 yards) and entrenched himself as the starter with a sterling performance in the Holiday Bowl. However, with the defection of Michael Brewer to Virginia Tech and Baker Mayfield to Oklahoma, Webb is currently the only QB on the Tech roster. Incoming freshman Patrick Mahomes could provide depth, but he may be on a MLB roster come September. The Red Raiders are one injury away from disaster.