Marshall Jones Talks Preparation, Future

Graduating senior Marshall Jones caught up with Scout to discuss his future, preparing for USC's Pro Day with two-a-days and plenty of film study.

Q: Hey Marshall thanks for the time. So for starters, what are you doing to prepare for the draft?
A: I'm training over in Westlake [Village, Calif.] with Ryan Caprets and a bunch of other guys, so it should be a pretty good group over there. And then I'm going to train until to the ProDay at USC and then hopefully after that I get picked up as a free agent somewhere. I talked to somebody who said if I do really well at ProDay I could get picked up late, in the seventh or sixth round.

Q: Very cool. Who is Ryan Capretta?
A: Oh he's a trainer at Proactive, the same guy who trained Clay Matthews, Jimmy Clausen, Everson Griffen, when all those guys went a few years ago.

Q: What is a typical workout like now in comparison to when you were at USC?
A: The actual program hasn't started yet. It starts January 2nd. I'm just over there training to get ready for it right now then go full out on the 2nd. It's like two-a-days Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. I do that until the end of March.

Q: Wow. What other players are you doing that program with?
A: Rhett Ellison is doing it, I think Marc Tyler is doing it.

Q: Okay. What are you doing as far as an agent is concerned?
A: I'm not talking to anyone yet. I got to figure that out with my dad, he knows some people. He'll get some information…It's always good to have one so I'll probably end up getting one.

Q: Have you talked to any other players going through this same process?
A: Everyone is doing the same thing. No one really knows exactly what to expect yet.

Q: Is your weight at where you want to be?
A: I got to gain some more weight. Scouts said they want me at like 198, I'm like 190 right now. So I have three months to put on 8-10 pounds of muscle.

Q: What weight did you play at in college?
A: Around this weight, 185 to 190.

Q: Are you watching more NFL film nowadays?
A: Well part of the program that I'm doing we watch film. And we have guys who know what they're doing coming in and watching film with us.

Q: What's the most exciting thing about these next few months?
A: It's been a dream of mine since I can remember to play in the NFL. So I'd be making my dream become a reality so it'd probably be one of the happiest days of my life.

Q: Do you think the talent at USC has prepared you well?
A: It prepared me because there was so much competition over there. I think I can go anywhere I want and compete because of 'SC.

Q: What's the biggest advice you learned from the coaches when you were in college?
A: Just compete every day and give your best. Because the great ones come ready every day. It doesn't matter how much time it takes they just do what they do and compete.

Q: When you look at a Danny Woodhead or player that went undrafted, when you look at those types of players, does that give you confidence? A: Yeah it gives me a lot of confidence because people out there are just working, eating, trying to get what they want. Trying to achieve their goals and I see it happening all over the league. So I feel good about myself doing it and I have confidence in myself. Hopefully it works out for me.

Q: What makes you stand out?
A: I think my work ethic. I've been through a lot at USC, been through a lot of ups and downs. I just want to work my hardest to do it.

Q: What do you think about Barkley coming back?
A: He made his own decision, it's probably the best decision. I'm not going to say anything different about it but he passed up a lot of money. But hey, he wanted to come back and be a Trojan. I respect that.


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