Senior Defensive Tackle Michael Marquardt could have asked for a better last game at Sun Devil…
Consistency is Important to Marquardt
Contrary to popular belief, when a new defensive scheme is introduced the defensive line has as much adjustments to go through as the rest of the defense. Having said that, he relishes in the fact that the Arizona State defensive line scheme has remained virtually untouched from 2006. "A lot of the terminology is the same," he explained, "so it's not a hard transition for the D-Line. And it helps having to work with the same coach."
Marquardt admitted that an actual practice is more challenging than conditioning, because one has to put together their technique with their conditioning. What remains to been seen as a challenge or not is how the Sun Devil defensive line will cope with the loses of two starters in Kyle Caldwell and Jordan Hill.
The depth on the front four in 2007, albeit including very few players with Pac-10 experience, is hard to ignore. Nonetheless, Marquardt chose a tempered down approach on that topic and said. "You never know how everything will work out. It's hard to say right now how deep we are and we hope all those new guys step up. We'll find further along how all those guys will do."
One matter that the defensive tackle feels isn't up for debate, is the overall improvement that the defense has experienced in one year's time. "Our improvement last year from the year before was absolutely tremendous," he claimed. "You turn on the game film and what you see is night and day. We want to be able to continue and build upon that. That's our goal and our coaching staff is demanding that from us. I know that's something we can accomplish."
Marquardt finds it hard to believe that he's already embarking on his senior season. He does realize that this status will require him to be more than ever a leader on and off the field. "I'm not such a vocal person," he admitted. "The coaches want that out of me and I try to do that. I try to lead more by the way I play, and that's something I have to work on everyday."
As much as Marquardt yearns for consistency in his performance on every down, he does hope he can elevate his overall play. "I think I can really step my game up a lot higher from what I've shown," he said.
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