The San Antonio Marshalls broke camp in El Paso and headed back to the friendly confines of the Alamodome on Friday.
Bob Stoops and staff have really been working this roster hard over the past several weeks, and it’s understandable why there’s such an urgency. It’s believed around town that this roster has been built to win a championship, and that’s something that head coach Bob Stoops and veteran QB Bo Levi Mitchell are trying to accomplish together this season. The Marshalls have had an extremely busy off-season, adding talent at virtually every position on the roster. The additions of RB Aaron Jones, WR Dez Bryant, OG Caleb Bennenoch, C A.Q. Shipley, and many more, have built up a great deal of optimism across San Antonio and the Hill Country that this could be the Marshalls year.
Despite a season where Dez Bryant played in all sixteen games and managed to catch five passes with the Carolina Generals, it appears that coming home to Texas and working with coach Stoops has put a huge boost in his step. “Dez has been really sharp in camp so far.” said offensive coordinator Tim Rattay. “We needed to get Duke (Williams) and Bo Levi (Mitchell) some help out there, so we pulled the trigger on Dez and he really hasn’t let us down so far. He’s going out there every day and giving 110%, it’s been fun to watch him not only get prepared, but help the younger guys as well.”
Speaking of the younger guys, Rashad Greene came over in a trade with St. Louis, and the guy is really lightning in a bottle. “Rashad (Greene) is just what we needed, he’s one of those guys that’s just electric and can go the distance any time he gets his hands on the ball.” said special teams coach Chris Boniol.
The Marshalls defense has also been swarming all through camp as well. “We have so much talent on this defense.” said defensive coordinator Al Golden; “I think this could be the most talented defense I’ve ever coached. We have great pass rushers in Alex Bazzie, Ja’Gared Davis, Alex Okafor, and Darius Latham. We have great run stoppers in Andrew Billings, David Mayo, Hayes Pullard, and Paul Warrilow. We have a great secondary featuring Tre Flowers, Kenneth Acker, Miles Killebrew, and Derrick Kindred, we’re just pleasantly stacked across the board, and that doesn’t even mention our backups.”
Could the Marshalls be headed for a championship run? Only time will tell.
This week, the Marshalls are preparing for their pre-season matchup against the Orlando Rockets at home in the Alamodome.