Written by Sammy Jacobs (@Hoosier_Huddle)
The Countdown has made it through the 80s! We finish up with wide receiver Miles Marshall, a wide receiver looking to break into the rotation.
Name – Miles Marshall
Position –Wide Receiver (RS Freshman)
Hometown – Lilburn, Georgia(Parkview)
Height – 6’4”
Weight – 206
Marshall came to IU off a record-setting senior season in 2017 at Parkview High School in Georgia. He hauled in a school-record 73 passes for 1,118 yards and 15 scores. He was a two-time all-region and all-county selection.
Marshall was buried on the depth chart last year with the talent IU had at wide receiver. It allowed him to play in one game (at Rutgers) and red shirt. Marshall said that the experience gave him a glimpse at how Big Ten football works.
““I just saw how everything works” Marshall said after one spring practice,“I traveled every game, but I only played in one. So just being in meetings and seeing how gameday works, the day before the games works has really helped me out for this year. I know what to expect.”
This season, the Hoosiers will again be very deep at receiver, but that depth should include a heavy dose of Marshall. During the 2019 spring practice session, Marshall earned the Most Improved Player on offense. Tom Allen told reporters that Marshall is a player he thinks, “he's just much more confident in and out of his breaks.Just getting lined up right is sometimes hard because we're going with tempo at times, and the way we signal everything and coaches getting on him. Everything's happening in a hurry.”
Becoming more comfortable was one of Marshall’s goals heading into spring practice. He told Hoosier Huddle that he wants to “just get more comfortable. Last year, my head was kind of everywhere and I think I am just more comfortable now.”
The redshirt freshman’s role may change a little this season with Kalen DeBoer coming in and taking over the offense. Marshall spent a lot of the spring as the slot receiver. He said the major difference between being inside and outside is, “Inside I get the ball more. It’s just different routes. Outside, it’s pretty much press-man (defense), that’s only about half the time inside. Soit’s easier.”
IU brings back four very good recievers in Nick Westbrook, Donavan Hale, Ty Fryfogle and Whop Phlyor, so Marshall is going to have to earn his playing time the hard way. However, the upside is that he has two seniors to look up to. “Donavan and Nick both work hard so all the young guys have to step up to their level. They’re really good leaders” he said.
Hutch’s Trivia Question
How many Big Ten titles does Indiana have in football?