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Florida cornerback Jason Marshall Jr. (3) intercepts a pass intended for Vanderbilt wide receiver Will Sheppard in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022, in Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt won 31-24. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Jason Marshall Jr. Takes the Lead for the Gators

Jason Marshall Jr. is a sophomore cornerback for the Gator football team, and he’s played a significant role in the secondary for two years in The Swamp. In his freshman year, Marshall posted 23 total tackles along with three defended passes and one interception. In his sophomore season, he improved to 29 total tackles with eight passes defended and one interception. The 2022 season established Marshall as an important piece to the Gators secondary and his expectations will only increase going into next season.

Veteran Leadership

Coming into his third season with the Gators, Marshall will be one of the most experienced players on defense. With this experience comes expectations from the coaches and staff to become a leader for the team. When asked about the younger players, Marshall said he’s trying to be a role model and is excited to show the younger players the ropes.

The Gator defense lost important leaders on the defensive side of the ball this offseason. Crucial secondary players including cornerback Amari Burney and safety Trey Dean III declared for the NFL Draft and won’t be returning to the team. This leaves players like Marshall to step up and take responsibility on the defense. He said one of the ways he wants to step up is to be more vocal on the field.

Gator Coaching Change

With the hiring of new defensive coordinator Austin Armstrong, the Gators hope to improve defensively.

When asked about coach Armstrong, Marshall seemed excited about the “similar” scheme that Armstrong is going to employ. His playstyle is often described as aggressive, and Marshall is on board with this game plan. Armstrong’s new scheme will allow Marshall to be a leader in a new defense that he can help shape into what he believes can be a “top defense.” So far, Marshall said Armstrong’s energy has benefitted the team.

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