Marquell Stinson interview

With the departure of two standout seniors and another talented freshman to a Mormon Mission. It won't be easy to replace Ray Wells, Lance Briggs and Spencer Larsen. But Arizona has dipped into the JC ranks for a big, fast linebacker. Cat Tracks caught up to Marquell Stinson.

Marquell Stinson, is a 6-3, 235-pound linebacker from Fresno City College who will come to Arizona in the fall to try and shore up the Cats' linebacking corps. Joe Siofele, Pat Howard, Matt Molina and Kirk Johnson give the Wildcats four reliable backers, but after that the Wildcats will have to rely on a couple redshirt freshmen. Stinson comes in and gives them experience and maturity.

Stinson gives them more than an older player, he's a very fast linebacker for his size and packs a whollop when he gets where he is going.

"People are surprised," Stinson said. "Normally when you see guys with my size they are plugging up holes. People forget about my speed." Stinson was an outside linebacker at Fresno, but the Cats have told him he could play either outside or inside linebacker for them. Stinson likes the Wildcat defense and feels that he would be a good fit.

"I like the type of defense they play," Stinson said. "It's the type of defense I am used to playing. It is similar to what we were playing here."

Stinson considered Iowa State and West Virginia, but felt that it was a better fit at Arizona.

"I like the way all the players acted towards me," Stinson said. "They are like a family. I liked the way they made me feel welcome." Stinson was named to the Central Valley All-Conference team this past season. He had two interceptions for 37 yards for the Rams in 2002.

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