Marshwan Gilyard came to the Bearcats in 2005 after being named
1st team all-state in
After being named the Scout Team Special Team Player of the Year in 2006, Marty left school for personal reasons, but now he's re-enrolled and ready to resume his Bearcat football career. "It's been a blessing. Everything is moving so fast. It seemed only yesterday that I was staying with a friend or just staying in my car. It was kind of hard, but now I'm blessed. I thank God for every day that I'm here."
Being back on the practice field may be a blessing, but Gilyard's return hasn't been as smooth as he would have liked. "I pulled my hammie yesterday, and I was kind of down because I was with the 2's, and now I can't compete. But Coach has been real positive telling me to just stay with it and stay in my playbook and keep paying attention. Everybody has been real positive about the whole thing." Marty thinks the hamstring injury will probably keep him out of action for a week or two.
One of Gilyard's best friends on the team last year was Derrick Stewart. In fact, Stewart had called Marty only minutes before our interview. Now Gilyard is a candidate to replace Stewart. "Stew, that's my brother. He showed me a lot of stuff before he left. He knew he was going to leave and that he was in a bad situation, but there was nothing he could do about it at that point. He told me I would go to wide-out whether I liked it or not. He told me to just take care of business, and that's what I'm going to do." Coach Kelly believes Marty gets off the line of scrimmage better than Stewart did and has the potential to be an even better receiver.
Even though Gilyard has spent his two seasons in
Even though Marty had left the Bearcat football team, he hadn't left
football altogether. This summer he
played with the Kings Comets semi-pro squad. "I refused to take any money. I just wanted to play to help those guys
and stay in shape. I didn't know it
was wrong, but the (
The main reason people knew Marty had played with the Kings Comets was that his name appeared in the Cincinnati Enquirer for returning a punt for a touchdown. "I love to compete, and I got the chance to return kicks. I love returning punts because everything is so fast. It's like lightning, but you also have to be smooth." Marty said Coach Kelly presently has him at #2 for returning kicks, and the Bearcats also want to utilize his speed for blocking kicks. "I love blocking kicks so they're going to bounce me around and give that chance."
Many Bearcat football fans may not know of Marshawn Gilyard, but if this young man gets and stays healthy, he could be a lethal weapon in Coach Kelly's arsenal.