Marques Slocum Making Progress

Marques Slocum of Philadelphia, Pa., who signed with Michigan in February of 2005 but failed to qualify academically for admission to the University, is inching closer to a score that will enable him to realize his dream of suiting up for the Maize and Blue. spoke Friday with Slocum, and he updated things.

Anyone who questions the drive to succeed of five-star lineman Marques Slocum only needs to speak to the young man for a few moments. It is readily apparent that the 6-foot-5, 330-pound talent is enthusiastic and optimistic that he will achieve his dream of playing for the University of Michigan football team. Only a qualifying score on the Scholastic Aptitude Test stands in the way of that goal.

Slocum, who originally signed with Michigan in February of 2005, failed to obtain the needed combination of grade-point average and SAT scores in order to gain admission to Michigan. As a result, he enrolled in the Milford Academy in New York, and enlisted the assistance of a tutor in order to help him improve his test score. His hard work is beginning to show results. "At first I was about 170 points short on my score," Slocum told "I just got my latest results (Friday) and I am now only 90 points short. I'm taking another SAT (on Saturday). If I can improve by 40 points on the math, and 50 points or better on the reading, then I'm in. I can't wait to get up to Michigan, I know I'm going to make it."

When asked if there were plans in the works should he not receive a qualifying score, thereby missing out on attending Michigan, Slocum was adamant that there were no other options. "I will be at Michigan," he said.

Slocum has been working out in order to maintain his conditioning, though he did take some time off after returning from Milford. "I got home and was glad to enjoy my mother's cooking, you know how it is," he said, laughing. "But now I'm lifting four days a week - one day upper, one day lower. I'm running a couple times a week and taking a rest day or two. I'm at about 330 pounds right now but am shooting for 315-310."

He added that he would be calling the Michigan coaches today to report the results of his latest scores, as well as contacting some of the Wolverine friends he made while participating in the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Bowl game in San Antonio, Texas, one of which is current U-M freshman defensive player James McKinney. "I want to call my boy McKinney," Slocum said. "I heard the stories about what happened and I'm sick about it." McKinney is rumored to have been seriously injured during a recent Wolverine spring workout, though no confirmation has come from the coaching staff, which is traditionally tight-lipped regarding injuries.

Should Slocum fall short on today's SAT, he'll have one remaining opportunity in June to improve to a qualifying score.

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