Doherty staying busy

Marquise Doherty is playing a winter sport right now, but he's getting ready for one of two sports that he's being recruited to play in college. The standout athlete talks about his upcoming schedule.

Kansas City (Mo.) Winnetonka running back Marquise Doherty is starring in another sport right now. The 6-foot-1 and 190-pound Doherty is playing basketball right now for Winnetonka.

"I am playing basketball right now," Doherty said. "We did well early, but are 1-4 over our last five games. I play the two or the three, sometimes the four, and I am more of a defender and a slasher."

After basketball, it will be another sport before he returns to the gridiron. Doherty is actually a two-sport college recruit and is holding offers to play both at the next level, but he might be looking to make the jump to the pros if he can.

"I play baseball in the spring. I play all three of the outfield positions, but mainly centerfield. I am hoping to get drafted next year and I am looking to do both sports in college. Nebraska has offered me in both sports."

Basketball into baseball leaves little time to train. Doherty says that he does it when he can which means it's typically on the weekends. He says that he's trying to add size and strength before his senior year.

"I do have a lot of things going on so I have to workout on the weekends. I am focused on getting bigger and stronger as well as getting faster and improving my lateral quickness."

There is a bit of a split on where Doherty might play in college. Some teams like him on offense, others on defense and some on both. Many have thought that he favored offense, but he says that he likes both sides equally.

"I really do like defense as much as I like offense," Doherty said. "I would say that most teams like me on offense, but some teams do like me in the secondary somewhere. Nebraska and Iowa like me on both sides of the ball."

One name that was noticeably absent from Nebraska's junior day weekend two weeks ago was Doherty's. There was a scheduling conflict that kept him from going, but he is looking forward to making it back to Lincoln soon.

"I wanted to go, but I had a basketball tournament that weekend. I really like Nebraska and want to visit again. I went to Big Red Weekend last year and would go back again this year if it worked with my schedule."

Doherty will be heading over to Lawrence this weekend to check out a basketball game. He says that because he's so close to Columbia that getting over there is never an issue as well.

"I am heading to Kansas this weekend to see them take on Texas in basketball. Missouri is just down the road from me so I am sure that I will make it over there for a visit this spring."

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Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 12 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 14 years.
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