Vols In Hunt For Faulk Facsimile

Travis Stephens proved during his only full season as a feature back in Tennessee's power-I offensive system that dynamite comes in small packages.

The Vols missed Stephen's explosivness this season, and are on the prowl for high-caliber weapons to unleash on the SEC in 2003. One of the most promising to recently pop up on UT's recruiting radar screen is Compton Community College back Alvin Marshall, who at 5-9, 180, with lethal 4.3 speed is a triple threat on the gridiron.

Signed originally by Nebraska out of Los Angeles, Texas, Marshall took an unplanned detour to the west coast to pump up his GPA and is now looking to make up for lost prime time.

As a freshman at El Camino College, he led the Mission Conference in kickoff returns and all-purpose yards, amassing 2,053 total yards and scoring 19 touchdowns for a 5-5 team.

Looking to improve his athletic lot, Marshall transferred to Compton Community College and bettered his numbers, as he led the League in rushing yards (1,359) and was third in the conference in receiving, tops in kickoff returns and the leader in all-purpose yards with 2,850. He also scored 14 touchdowns bringing his two-year total to 33 TDs and 4,903 yards.

Called "the Marshall Faulk of JC football" by his head coach at Compton, Marshall says he's as good a receiver as he is a running back.

"I have good eye vision," Marshall said. "I can play a lot of different positions on the field."

Marshall has gained a lot of ground in the classroom as well and will graduate in this month. He plans to transfer in time to the start winter semester and would paritcipate in spring practice.

He has visits set to Fresno State on Dec. 13 and to Washington on Jan. 10. He expects to visit UNLV later this month and is considering offers from USC and Nebraska as well. Tennessee appears to be closing the gap on the other contenders and Marshall is strongly considering taking an official visit to Knoxville.

"I'm going to UNLV, but the date isn't set yet," said Marshall, who adds that he's wide open in his selection process. "I'm probably going to visit there this month. And I talked to the recruiting coach (Dan Brooks) for Tennessee and I'm going to try and visit there, too."

Marshall, who has three years to complete two, is expected to have an immediate impact wherever he signs. Blessed with outstanding speed and quickness, he's a blaze in the open field and darts like a dragonfly in traffic.

In short: regardless of his size, Marshall has the ability to boost the octane of any offense.

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