Mr. Curtis J. Marsh - B.S., Business, 2011; B.S., Econ., 2011 - Simi Valley, CA
There was more to trading Asante Samuel than just Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. His name is Curtis
Marsh. You might have forgotten about Marsh after the Eagles drafted him in the third round in April 2011.
He didn't get on the field until November. Now he's one injury away from starting. To unload Samuel, the
Eagles had to feel comfortable sliding Rodgers-Cromartie into his place at left cornerback. But they also had
to be confident that Marsh, as their third option, could be flexible enough to fill in for either Nnamdi
Asomugha or Rodgers-Cromartie should they miss time. Even before the Eagles dealt Samuel to Atlanta just
before this year's draft, Marsh said that defensive coordinator Juan Castillo was whispering in his ear that his
time was coming. "All offseason he'll call me, text me . . . come up to me in the lunch room and be like,
'Look, we're going to need you this year. When we're in this package, you're in, and you're one play away,' "
Marsh said. "And it was before Asante got traded. After, it just became more evident." On Monday, for
instance, Marsh was needed because Rodgers-Cromartie missed practice. Weather conditions delayed
Rodgers-Cromartie's early morning flight, so Marsh racked up repetitions with both the first and second teams. "It's good because I need them," Marsh said. The 24-year old has looked fast and physical during organized team activities. But it's difficult to say how effective he will be. For most of the OTAs, the corners have been playing off the receivers because of restrictions on contact. The Eagles will play more man-to-man press coverage with their cornerbacks this season, and that's how Marsh has thrived in the position. "I feel like that's my specialty," he said. "I feel like I can run with anybody. I feel like I'm just as big as most
receivers, just as strong." The spring before his junior year at Utah State, Marsh was moved from running
back to corner. The coaches thought his size (he's listed at 6-foot-1, 197 pounds) and skill set were better
suited to the position. Marsh's position coach, Cory Raymond, convinced him it was his best path to the pros.-
"He put a lot of that confidence in me," Marsh said of Raymond, who is now at LSU. "I had a feeling I could
do it, but he told me, 'You could be really good at this. You could make some money.' "