Milford graduate Andrew Marshall excited for NFL opportunity

An opportunity to try-out for a National Football League team doesn’t come around too often.

For 2014 Milford High graduate Andrew Marshall, that opportunity is coming this weekend at the San Francisco 49ers’ rookie mini-camp.

Marshall, a 6’8″/330-pound offensive tackle, went undrafted in last weekend’s 2018 NFL Draft but received a call from the 49ers an hour after the draft wrapped up Sunday, April 29.

“I felt kind of relieved, but also I know that it’s not over with,” Marshall said, regarding how he felt when he received the call from the 49ers. “I still have to put in even more work at the try-out.”

The call wasn’t completely a shock for Marshall.

“I had been in contact with the 49ers that day and a couple of days before,” he said. “When I got the call, I thought ‘okay, it’s here.’ They asked if I had signed with anyone yet, I said no and they said, ‘okay well, we want to fly you out for mini-camp tryouts.’”

Following a successful four-year football career at Milford High, earning All-Conference and All-State honors as a junior and senior, the offensive tackle made his way up north to play two years of junior college football.

He played for the football team at Globe Institute of Technology in Manhattan for two seasons, earning his associates degree in sports management. From there, he transferred to Valdosta State in Georgia for his junior and senior year of college.

As a junior, Marshall played in just three games after suffering a stress fracture in his leg.

Prior to his senior season, however, the offensive tackle started garnering interest from NFL scouts.

“I believe it was in the summer before my senior season I started to get some interest from NFL teams,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “A scout from the Buffalo Bills came and talked to me. So, before that everyone always told me ‘Drew, you’ll make it.’ I always believed that, I never doubted myself, but once I talked to a professional scout from the NFL, I kind of realized it could probably happen. I just had to keep doing what I had to do.”

In the fall of 2017, the Valdosta State Blazers finished the season with a 5-4 record. He started and played in every game for the Blazers.

Marshall and six of his teammates earned invites to the FCS Bowl – an annual postseason all-star game used to showcase potential draft prospects from the Football Championship Subdivision.

“The all-star game gave us another opportunity to play in front of scouts and during the weekend of the FCS Bowl, I talked to four teams – the Jets, Browns, Dolphins and Saints,” he said.

For Marshall, he’s just treating his try-out like every other practice he’s attended since his middle school football days.

“In my mind, I know I’m just going to go out there and give it everything I’ve got,” he simply said. “This is what I’ve been doing since middle school, high school, college so it’s nothing really new for me. So, I’m just going to show them what I’ve got when I get out there.”

Marshall is aware that this isn’t something that players from a small-school in the state of Delaware typically have the opportunity to experience. He hopes to use the experience to help inspire other aspiring pro football players not only from Milford but from the entire state.

“I want to do this for the people back home, so they know that anything is possible,” he said.

Sports Editor Ben Heck can be reached at bheck@newszap.com.

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