Clifton's College Coach Mentored Bakhtiari
For David Bakhtiari's final two seasons at Colorado, his position coach was Steve Marshall. Roughly two decades earlier, Marshall was the offensive line coach at Tennessee, where he mentored a promising young lineman named Chad Clifton. "Chad, he was a lot better athlete than you think," Marshall told Packer Report last week. "I remember when Chad was a sophomore in high school at a little old country school way out in Tennessee, he ran like a 4.8 at about 275 pounds. He's a lot better athlete than people give him credit for. He had a great slide and a great punch and he was a great kid. I'm so happy he had a great career. I'm a Chad Clifton guy all the way." Marshall also counts himself as a Bakhtiari guy, though he not surprisingly was hesitant to compare the two. "That's hard to say," Marshall said. "Chad is a legitimate NFL left tackle. David, I think he has more of the ability to move inside and play center/guard. He could probably play left tackle but he doesn't have the range...
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