Q and A with Running Back Markus Manson

Redshirt freshman running back Marcus Manson has proven to be elusive both on and off the football field. Thanks to a change in the rules that allows redshirts who have never played before to talk to the media, Gatorcountry.com caught up with the running back from Tuscaloosa, Alabama for an exclusive first ever Q and A session. Check out what he had to say on the offense, his speed and Coach Stan Drayton.

On a spring that is almost over…

"The spring has gone real good for me right now. I just got to stay focused and get my mind right on what I need to get done and what I need to accomplish while I'm out here playing."

On the running backs …

"I really do think we have bonded together in my opinion. We spend a lot of time together off the field and Coach Drayton has done a good job of keeping us together on the field. I think we have a nice bunch."

On what he will work on the most until September 3rd…

"I'm not that much about me. I just want to get this team together and play at the point that I can contribute. Our first game, I want to be there for the team."

On speed as his greatest threat…

"Honestly, I just run with the ball. I just try to run and see the field with my eyes."


Manson as he's about to receive the ball from Dickey

On his role in the offense…

"I fit in well with this offense I think. Mainly because of my speed I think I'll be able to play in crunch time."

On the offensive line…

"The offensive line is doing a great job of blocking for us and they have improved a lot this year."

On Coach Drayton…

"I love Coach Drayton. He keeps it real with us and he tells us the truth and he doesn't sugarcoat anything."

Esteban's Take: Deuce is a guy that a lot of people have labeled as the next great Gator back. He checks in at the same height and weight that C4 (Ciatrick Fason) played and he has proven to Coach Drayton that he has that extra gear that all top-notch running backs have. On one play Monday, Deuce was one of the lone bright spots on a sputtering offense, rushing the ball behind right tackle Randy Hand for as 12-yard gain before hearing the whistle. If he can cure his slight fumbling problems he will definitely be in the mix for serious playing time in the backfield.


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